User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


78° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Tribe Sues Beer Distributors And Stores

February 10, 2012, 6:38 AM by Kellee Azar

Tribe Sues Beer Distributors And Stores
The Oglala Sioux Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the small town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, which is just 300 feet away from the Pine Ridge Reservation.

It is illegal to consume or even possess alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. But, in Whiteclay, it's a whole other story.

So now, the Oglala Sioux Tribe is suing four beer stores in the Whiteclay area along with some big beer distributors such as Budweiser, Pabst, Coors, and Busch.

"They are helping them violate the law and this lawsuit is about holding them responsible,” Oglala Sioux Tribe's Attorney Tom White said.

And even though most of these beer companies tell you to drink responsibly, 85 percent of Oglala Sioux Native American families are affected by alcoholism.

"The cost to the Oglala Sioux tribe and to us is staggering," White said.

Now, the Oglala Sioux Tribe is going after Whiteclay over how much beer stores there sell.

"You cannot sell 4.9 million, 12-ounce cans of beer and wash your hands like Pontius Pilate and say that we've got nothing to do with the fact that it’s being smuggled 250 feet away," White said.

The lawsuit filed Thursday asks the beer industry for $500 million to help repair damage done to the reservation.

The town of Whiteclay has fewer than a dozen residents yet it sells more than 13,000 cans of beer a day.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Two People Go To Hospital Following Fight

7/28/2014 11:30 AM

Sioux Falls Police say a large fight behind the Best Buy store on 41st Street landed two people in the hospital early Sunday morning.

Full Story
Fmr. Walworth State's Attny. Charged With Rape

7/30/2014 1:27 PM

The former Walworth County State's Attorney has been arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree rape.

Full Story
Clerk Hurt During Attempted Robbery

7/27/2014 8:07 AM

Sioux Falls police are investigating an early morning attempted armed robbery that injured a clerk at a west-side convenience store.

Full Story
Two 16-Year-Olds Arrested In Vandalism Spree

7/25/2014 11:30 AM

According to Sioux Falls Police, two 16-year-olds were arrested overnight after a vandalism spree.

Full Story
Sioux Falls No Longer Best Small City

7/25/2014 11:12 AM

Sioux Falls is no longer the nation's best small city for business and careers.

Full Story


Events