Posts Tagged ‘Tom White’

Can a Bud boycott help the Pine Ridge Reservation?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

By  MICHAEL YUDELL (associate professor at Drexel University School of Public Health)/ May 8, 2012 / THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

In Sunday’s New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof called for a boycott of Anheuser-Busch (maker of beers like Budweiser, Rolling Rock, and, for the fancier among you, Stella Artois) for its role in selling alcohol in the tiny Nebraska town of Whiteclay. According to Kristof, the stores in Whiteclay (population: about 10) sell more than four million cans of beer and malt liquor annually, most of it by Anheuser-Busch. (more…)

Beer companies want tribe lawsuit dismissed

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012


LINCOLN (AP) — Beer vendors in a tiny Nebraska town would be forced to discriminate against residents of a neighboring South Dakota American Indian reservation if a judge agrees with a lawsuit accusing the retailers and others of knowingly contributing to the reservation’s alcohol-related problems, attorneys said in asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed. (more…)

Are beer firms to blame for Native American drink woe?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

By Pia Gadkari / April 27, 2012 / BBC News

White Clay, Nebraska – After years of failed efforts to address chronic alcoholism, can a $500m (£308m) dollar lawsuit against the beer supply-chain put an end to one tribe’s deadly struggle with alcohol? (more…)

Whiteclay Burn Victim Begins Long Medical—and Legal—Journey

Friday, April 13th, 2012

By Stephanie Woodard / April 13, 2012 / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY

“He may never have full use of his hands again,” said Patricia White Bear Claws, of her longtime companion, Bryan Blue Bird Jr., who was severely injured in an early-March prescribed burn in Whiteclay, Nebraska. Set by the volunteer fire department from nearby Rushville, the blaze flared out of control and engulfed Blue Bird, a bystander. Both he and White Bear Claws are Oglala Lakota, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which straddles the Nebraska–South Dakota border and adjoins the town of Whiteclay. (more…)

Oglala Sioux Tribe updates lawsuit

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012


A lawsuit the Oglala Sioux Tribe filed against several Nebraska liquor stores has legal precedent in old English complaints from landowners against rowdy tavern neighbors, according to the tribe’s attorney.

The argument for recovery of damages in public and private nuisance cases goes back hundreds of years, to when English landowners would sue tavern neighbors for creating loud noises, drunken neighbors and objectionable behavior, attorney Thomas White said Monday. (more…)

Oglala Sioux Tribe Files Second Amended Complaint Against Whiteclay Retailers, Distributors and Retailers

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Alleges Defendants Have Created Public and Private Nuisances Inside the Pine Ridge

LINCOLN, Neb. – (NEWS RELEASE: Apr. 2, 2012) – Attorney Tom White, legal counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has filed a second amended complaint in the Tribe’s lawsuit against the brewers, retailers and distributors of beer sold in Whiteclay, Nebraska.

The second amended complaint, filed Friday March 23 in Federal Court in Lincoln, adds to previous allegations that actions of the defendants have created public and private nuisances inside the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation “by endangering and injuring the property, health, safety and comfort of a considerable number of individual members of the OST” and seeks injunctive relief and money damages. The sale, possession and consumption of alcohol is illegal on the Pine Ridge, where many tribal members suffer from crippling poverty and alcoholism. (more…)

NPR All Things Considered: Tribe sues to keep reservation free of booze

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

By Charles Michael Ray, SD Public Radio / NPR All Things Considered / March 31, 2011

To listen to this 4-minute story visit NPR All Things Considered at this LINK.

Beer instead of pride

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

By Lukas Ondreka, Washington / March 27, 2012 / Sächsische Zeitung (Saxony, German)

Translation by H. Peter Reinkordt / View original news story HERE

In the Oglala-Sioux Reservation in South Dakota alcohol has been banned for 180 years – nevertheless alcoholism is a public disease. Now the Indians are suing several breweries.

Chief Crazy Horse, sublimely carved in stone from the boulders of the Black Hills, gazes over the barren expanse of the Badlands. It would sadden the warrior, who died in 1877, if he were to see the condition of his tribe in the Pine-Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The once proud Indians have become drunks. Alcoholisms is epidemic for the Oglala-Sioux. Alcohol has been strictly prohibited for 180 years in Pine Ridge. Nevertheless the Oglalas who live there battle the chronic alcohol dependence of many tribal members. After years of unsuccessful protests and appeals to politicians the tribe is now suing some of the worlds largest beer breweries as well as liquor stores. (more…)

Oglalas Ask Courts to Cap Whiteclay Beer Sales

Monday, March 19th, 2012

By Stephanie Woodard / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY

Following up on a recently filed federal lawsuit against beer stores, breweries and other businesses involved in the Whiteclay, Nebraska alcohol trade, the Oglala Sioux Tribe has gone a step further and is requesting injunctive relief from the courts. The tribe wants the court to limit total volume of beer sales in Whiteclay—which lies on its southern border—to the amount that can be consumed in accordance with Nebraska and Oglala Sioux Tribe laws. The original lawsuit demanded a still-unspecified sum—widely reported as $500 million—for damages done to the tribe by generations of alcohol sales. (more…)

US Attorney: Federal bootlegging charges ‘unique’

Thursday, March 15th, 2012


SIOUX FALLS — Federal bootlegging charges against several people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation were filed in part because of concerns raised by community members, the top federal prosecutor for South Dakota said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota announced last week that five people had pleaded not guilty in federal court in February to charges of possessing and selling alcohol on the dry reservation, where alcoholism is rampant. (more…)