LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is suing the owners of four beer stores in Whiteclay, plus the beer distributors and manufacturers serving those stores.

The tribe's lawsuit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court of Nebraska, lists more than a dozen defendants, including beer manufacturers Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing Co. The 10-page lawsuit alleges the beer distributors and manufacturers knowingly provided alcohol to the four beer stores, which, in turn, sold alcohol to residents of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is banned.

It alleges the defendants violated the tribe's alcohol ban as well as Nebraska law by providing alcohol to the reservation's residents, knowing those residents would transport the alcohol into the reservation and resell much of that beer to other reservation residents.

The lawsuit also alleges the owners of the four beer stores sold alcohol to intoxicated people and accepted sex, pornographic photos and food assistance vouchers in exchange for beer.

"Alcohol is a devastating drug to the Lakota people," the lawsuit states. "The vast majority of beer consumed in the town of Pine Ridge and the (reservation) is sold in Whiteclay establishments."

Tribal representatives and members of Nebraskans for Peace, which has long urged shutting down the beer stores in Whiteclay, planned to hold a 1 p.m. news conference Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda to discuss the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges the four beer stores sold nearly 5 million cans of beer in 2010, up from 4.3 million cans in 2004. The tribe is seeking monetary compensation "for all damages it has suffered in the past and is reasonably likely to suffer in the future caused by the actions of the defendants and as established at trial."

"The (tribe) does not have the resources to properly address families which have been torn apart by alcohol," the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit cites numerous statistics regarding the impact of the sale of alcohol at Whiteclay on reservation residents, including: one in four children being born with either fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; an average reservation life expectancy of between 45 and 52 years; and a teen suicide rate that is 150 percent higher than the American average.

"The devastating and horrible effects of alcohol on the (Oglala Sioux Tribe) and the Lakota people cannot be overstated," the lawsuit states.

 

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monsternash2
monsternash2

These people are of "free will" purchasing alcohol and breaking their own laws by taking it on to the reservation. I can not believe that this law suit is even being considered by the court system. But I guess if you can sue for spilling hot coffee on your lap and win, or sue the tobacco companies after purchasing ciggs. and getting sick and win anything is possible. They could win?

trustno1
trustno1

With so many solutions to the alcoholism plague on the OST, it is obvious that the problem is complex, and there is no simple solution. Someone referenced the failure of prohibition nationwide and equated it to the bootlegging on the rez. It does seem that when a substance is restricted it becomes more enticing. Years ago, coors wasn't sold east of Kansas. Yet, people would bring trucks to buy coors and haul it east. Remember "Smokey and the Bandit"? People in Missouri would drive to Kansas to buy it, technically illegal. Well now that coors is more widely available many of the beer stores on the state line have gone out of business. As far as I know, it still tastes the same but the attraction is gone.

Figment
Figment

[quote]wablosa said: "If the tribal government would live up to it's promiss to uphold the treaties it would close down the alcohol sale in Whiteclay, since it sits on the land of the Great Sioux Reservation. Our land spans from the North Plate to the Missouri to the Yelowstone - this is our Reservation. What Magaska said is true and an executive order does not change a treaty. Our Police should just go into Whiteclay and "clean up" and wait for the Wasicu's reaction. This does not mean everybody is responsible for his/her own drinking but why not get rid of the temptation? It's our right as a soverign nation to take care of our own within our borders. If you don't live your treaty rights you will lose them."[/quote]

If I remember my history correctly, didn't the Lakota take the area from the Cheyenne tribe originally? So by this logic they have more claim to it than the Lakota does.

Instead of urging Tribal PD to enter an area they have no jurisdiction in and basically perform a hostile takeover (Which would be suicidal for the Tribal PD to even attempt), perhaps it's time for everyone to start taking responsibility for their own actions. Budweiser doesn't turn people into alcoholics. People's addictions and lack of self control turn them into alcoholics. Shutting down Whiteclay would do nothing but make the alcoholics drive farther off the reservation to get what they desire.

Place the blame where it needs to be (The alcoholics), get them the help they need, and solve the problem. Pushing blame off on everyone else under the sun will only prolong the issue.

Jess
Jess

So, if I decide to start gambling and throw away all my money at the casinos on these tribal lands, does it mean I can sue the tribe for building the casino that causes me to lose my money and anything else I lose because of an addiction I have? Kinda the same situation isn't it? No one is forcing me to spend my money as is no one is forcing anyone from Pine Ridge or the rez to drink the alcohol. Would be interesting to see how tribes would react to this one.

obvious
obvious

We all know the ugliness of Alcoholism and Drugs here on our Reservation. We as a people are responsible for our own actions and the consequences of our own actions. We will always have this fight between those who buy and sell beer, The drinkers and non-drinkers. We will always have White Clay and we will always have Tribal Politics. What we wont have if we dont take a stand is positive activities and financial freedom to support our Youth and Elders. Enough is enough.... Just Legalize Alcohol here on our Rez and Be done with it so we as a people can take the financial gain away from White Clay and start putting it towards our own people. This Drama is just going to keep playing over and over like a bad movie and people will always drink. Families need to take responsibility for their relatives that choose to stand and drink in White Clay. Tough Love never hurt anyone. Darlis Morrison-Crow , Oglala Lakota.

twinwoman1
twinwoman1

Drinking is a personal choice. This lawsuit is ridiculous to say the least, not to mention the waste of tribal $$$$. Our tribal leaders need to step up and take on this problem. but then again . our tribal members who are enployed are making Whiteclay very successful. Our tribal members who receive govt. assistance are making Whiteclay very successful. While Tribal council is scratching their heads. Lakota Oyate, get your relatives who have problems the help they need.

turtle97tj
turtle97tj

First: This is right up there with the issue that has been in the papers in regards to UND mascot. It is a reach for something since there is no other fight that can be won.

Second: Just so everyone knows Native Americans, or Indians (which ever you prefer), do not get a magic check at the beginning of every month from the US government (because I know I have never seen one). There are a lot of Indian's that recieve assistance through the many social welfare programs in this country, but nothing different than the many "white" people in the local RC area!!

Third: Alcoholism is a viscious enemy to all nations and once you are subject to it you are not so easily able to just say "NO" to it. It amazes me how many people jump on the racism aspect of everything around this area.

fourth: Is a nation of people truly sovereign if their existance rides on the economic contribution of another government? Quite using this term until the tribes can unite and truly make themselves a "severeign" nation!!

Palin Rocks
Palin Rocks

[quote]wablosa said: "If the tribal government would live up to it's promiss to uphold the treaties it would close down the alcohol sale in Whiteclay, since it sits on the land of the Great Sioux Reservation. Our land spans from the North Plate to the Missouri to the Yelowstone - this is our Reservation. What Magaska said is true and an executive order does not change a treaty. Our Police should just go into Whiteclay and "clean up" and wait for the Wasicu's reaction. This does not mean everybody is responsible for his/her own drinking but why not get rid of the temptation? It's our right as a soverign nation to take care of our own within our borders. If you don't live your treaty rights you will lose them."[/quote]

you probably don't want to see what the reaction would be.

Obtuseangler
Obtuseangler

Have you ever noticed that the proposed solutions to all of the tribe's problems seem to involve someone else writing them a check?

XDAK
XDAK

Haven't seen any articles on how the other reservations will quit selling alcohol at their casinos as a sign of solidarity.... shall I continue to hold my breath?

Junkyard Dog
Junkyard Dog

I don't think anyone thinks this will stop alcohol abuse on the rez. It ain't supposed to. Its trying to stop Whiteclay from selling beer. I used to work in White Clay. No human with a heart would be on the side of the bar owners if they seen the things I have. Believe me.... the owners hate the drunks more then anyone. They don't make their money off the people standing around drunk, they make their money off the guy who just got off work or a bunch of folks who are having a big house party not the panhandlers annoying people for a buck. As a matter of fact the people who stand around are a threat and bring unwanted press coverage to the town. Just go to whiteclay and ask the street people what certain people have done to them.... dumping water on them in below zero weather, shooting them with bb guns...

SDTREEMAN
SDTREEMAN

To those that live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.....where is your PRIDE? This brings great shame upon you & your leaders...........

prairiemutt
prairiemutt

Question for wablosa: once the OST closes bars in white clay, when are you going after all other beer stores in the hills area? If as you state that that is all y Indian land. Maybe the OST needs to stop trying to have the federal government enforce a treaty that's almost 150 years old. It ain't going to happen. And why can't adults be expected to face the consequences of their own actions, instead of wanting someone else to do it for them.

WhiteRiver
WhiteRiver

[quote]I thought they tried this once before and it was stopped because it was illegal search and seizure. Not only that but if the checkers knew the person they would let them through without search so it was not really fair to begin with and if the person was white they could not stop them. Again search and seizure.I personally think this case will be tossed because in the end addicts are still held accountable for their own actions regardless their drug of choice."[/quote]

Why is an illegal search? Why is it illegal for an Indian to search another Indian? THE RAPID CITY Police stop Indians all the time. What is their
probable cause? First they look at their license number and then use their usual excuses. (I think your tire touched the white line) Give me a break. I was stopped once for having a Mellette County License plate.
Once they saw I was white man they apologized and that was the end of it. Highway Patrol in South Dakota are as bad or worse.

West River
West River

I have been thinking about all this. I mean it's quite obvious that the liquor store in Whiteclay is solely responsible for the ills on Pine Ridge. Starting with the beer companies down to the bars they promote the use of beer as leading to a happy social life.
In fact this action has motivated me to initiate a lawsuit of my own. I will be initiating a lawsuit against the Catholic Church for the failure of my marriage and resulting pain and suffering associated with my divorce. The Catholic Church promotes marriage as rite of the church and the basis of a happy and healthy family. For reasons we don't need to go into here which may implicate myself or others in the failure of my marriage, I believe had the Catholic church not advocated marriage I would have never gotten married and therefore never gotten divorced.
I figure 500 million should cover the costs of all things tied to my marriage and divorce. I can hear the cash register ringing now......
Let's see, they get free housing, free health care, free education through College, a monthly stipend, all of their needs are taken care of through a treaty that is over one hundred years old. Maybe I could sue over that based on being treated equal under the law.

DUHHH
DUHHH

Just curious but did the tribe (not that they will ever be honest and tell us the truth) ever press charges against the people that have actually broke the law. The ones that brought the alcohol back onto the Pineridge reservation? Ummmm, probably NOT!

wablosa
wablosa

If the tribal government would live up to it's promiss to uphold the treaties it would close down the alcohol sale in Whiteclay, since it sits on the land of the Great Sioux Reservation. Our land spans from the North Plate to the Missouri to the Yelowstone - this is our Reservation. What Magaska said is true and an executive order does not change a treaty. Our Police should just go into Whiteclay and "clean up" and wait for the Wasicu's reaction. This does not mean everybody is responsible for his/her own drinking but why not get rid of the temptation? It's our right as a soverign nation to take care of our own within our borders. If you don't live your treaty rights you will lose them.

lakotagunslinger
lakotagunslinger

just another ridiculous blow to the Lakota Nation, the tribe council needs to focus on the problems at hand rather then living the dream or fantasy of making this a alcohol free reservation, there are to many adults on this reservation for that to happen, they should open a Alcohol Treatment facility, a Perscription Drug Treatment Faciltiy, Narcotics Treatment Facility and focus on the problems that are a reality. Stop trying to live other peoples lives by making stupid ordinances and focus on enforcing the ones that are in place. that will not happen until the people who get into these positions help the people rather then live off of them. Alcoholism is choice that to be made, no one makes a person drink or no historical trauma will make a person drink, the adult is responsible for the adult.

Obamination
Obamination

[quote]Just Another Taxpayer said: "I will try this again. How can the tribe sue a business/entity that is off the reservation and does business off the reservation? If they allow this it would set a dangerous precedent. It's like if the tribe owned a grocery store on the reservation and sued the Rapid City Walmart for lost profits because all of the people went there instead of buying groceries at the local tribally owned grocery store."[/quote]

Please don't give them any more crazy ideas.

Just Another Taxpayer
Just Another Taxpayer

I will try this again. How can the tribe sue a business/entity that is off the reservation and does business off the reservation? If they allow this it would set a dangerous precedent.

It's like if the tribe owned a grocery store on the reservation and sued the Rapid City Walmart for lost profits because all of the people went there instead of buying groceries at the local tribally owned grocery store.

SDExpatriate
SDExpatriate

As soon as I saw the photos of an attorney led press conference, the "why" of the lawsuit became patently obvious. Am I the only one who senses a "tobacco" style lawsuit - designed to enrich the legal profession - only with the smell of alcohol instead?

Peter_Wiggin
Peter_Wiggin

[quote]Magaska said: "In 1882 President Chester A. Arthur issued an executive order establishing the White Clay Extension, a fifty-square-mile buffer zone in northern Nebraska south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, to prevent the illegal sale of alcohol to the Oglala Lakota inhabitants of Pine Ridge. In 1889, and again in 1890, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation incorporating this buffer zone, known as the White Clay Extension, within the boundaries of the reservation. The buffer zone was to remain a part of the reservation indefinitely until such time as the original protective function was no longer necessary. In 1904 President Theodore Roosevelt by executive order placed 49 square miles (130 km2) of the 50 square miles (130 km2) of the White Clay Extension into the public domain. The town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, in Sheridan County, Nebraska, just over the border from the reservation, was established in the former "Extension" zone. Today the town has 14 residents and four liquor stores, which sell an estimated 4.5 million 12-ounce cans of beer annually (12,500 cans per day) to residents of the reservation (where the sale and possession of alcohol is illegal), fueling a high rate of alcoholism. The town of Whiteclay exists only to sell alcohol and beer to the Oglala.The tribe should beef up the patrols on this 1-mile strech of HWY and enforce the "Oglala Sioux Tribe Law and Order Code" section 88.01 (Liquor Violation) That states:....Any individual who shall possess, transport or manufacture beer, wine, whisky, or any article whatsoever which produces alcohlic intoxication be deemed guilty of an offence and upon conviction be sentenced to Labor for not to exceed sixty days or a fine not to exceed $ 100.00 or both, with cost."[/quote]

I agree with what your saying but...

I thought they tried this once before and it was stopped because it was illegal search and seizure. Not only that but if the checkers knew the person they would let them through without search so it was not really fair to begin with and if the person was white they could not stop them. Again search and seizure.

I personally think this case will be tossed because in the end addicts are still held accountable for their own actions regardless their drug of choice.

Rount Mushmore
Rount Mushmore

Unless I'm missing something, I don't see a weapon to anybody's head forcing them to drink that beverage.
Clowns will be clowns.
Can a sovereign nation sue a corporate entity?

Nelag T
Nelag T

It's nothing but a desperate attempt at a cash grab by the OST, hoping that the beer makers settle to avoid bad publicity. If you I were a member of the tribe, I would be embarassed that the leaders seriously view this as a way to do business. On the bright side, hopefully it triggers some more help to those that need it.

wheresthesunshine
wheresthesunshine

I'm curious, what is the difference between access to alcohol in Whiteclay as opposed to Oelrichs (or anywhere else nearby, not like a larger town is that far away)? Why single out Whiteclay?

Can't help but recall headed back along hwy 79/385 back in November and having to make a 911 call because just south of Angostura, someone in a white SUV was driving south in our northbound lane.

And yes, where is the personal accountability? If the feds aren't allowed to get involved in reservation affairs, then who is in charge? What are they doing besides a ban and lawsuit to nip this in the bud?

SDTREEMAN
SDTREEMAN

To Miagaska: are you saying that town’s located in Nebraska and South Dakota should not be allowed to sell alcohol to Indians; because they aren’t responsible enough or lack the impulse control to manage their own lives? You don’t believe this would be viewed as racism?

jayson
jayson

I wonder how much that will cost us taxpayers in lawyer fees? Taxpayer dollars will represent tribe. Business owners will hire private. So unfair. Legalize on your side and the problem will end... at least on the Nebraska side.

wellnow
wellnow

This probally won't be printed, it's not meant to be negative, there was a time when tribal members could not be allowed or served in an establishment that sold alcohol....is this what the tribal council would like again???

PkrPlyr
PkrPlyr

had to look at my calendar and make sure it wasn't April 1st when i read the headline

i wonder what legal council is advising this lawsuit.....whomever it is should be relieved of their responsibilities

my 3 year old has a better grasp of the legal system than this

shunkaska
shunkaska

I am so embarassed that instead of legalizing,taxing,educating, lets blame someone else for our free choice...If I put my hand on a hot burner its the manufacturers fault attitude.We tax alcohol, sell it, the profits could be used to fund the treatment centers we need now, we would put people to work in these centers, shops, delivery, that is the answer...you usually sue the deepest pockets why not RC-just as much flows in from there its just peopkle can walk to White Clay......

Magaska
Magaska


In 1882 President Chester A. Arthur issued an executive order establishing the White Clay Extension, a fifty-square-mile buffer zone in northern Nebraska south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, to prevent the illegal sale of alcohol to the Oglala Lakota inhabitants of Pine Ridge.

In 1889, and again in 1890, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation incorporating this buffer zone, known as the White Clay Extension, within the boundaries of the reservation. The buffer zone was to remain a part of the reservation indefinitely until such time as the original protective function was no longer necessary.

In 1904 President Theodore Roosevelt by executive order placed 49 square miles (130 km2) of the 50 square miles (130 km2) of the White Clay Extension into the public domain. The town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, in Sheridan County, Nebraska, just over the border from the reservation, was established in the former "Extension" zone. Today the town has 14 residents and four liquor stores, which sell an estimated 4.5 million 12-ounce cans of beer annually (12,500 cans per day) to residents of the reservation (where the sale and possession of alcohol is illegal), fueling a high rate of alcoholism. The town of Whiteclay exists only to sell alcohol and beer to the Oglala.

The tribe should beef up the patrols on this 1-mile strech of HWY and enforce the "Oglala Sioux Tribe Law and Order Code" section 88.01 (Liquor Violation) That states:....Any individual who shall possess, transport or manufacture beer, wine, whisky, or any article whatsoever which produces alcohlic intoxication be deemed guilty of an offence and upon conviction be sentenced to Labor for not to exceed sixty days or a fine not to exceed $ 100.00 or both, with cost.

Golly Gee
Golly Gee

Alcohol abuse is not a new problem on the Rez.
Anyone remember when beer cans opened with a pull tab (1960s & 1970s), and how the asphalt road from Whiteclay to Pine Ridge use to practically glow silver from all the discarded pull tabs? I do. It was quite a sight at night when the headlights illuminated the road.
And what about the alcohol from other sources, such as from squeezing deodorant, etc.? Is the tribe going to sue the manufacturer of those products? I mean fair is fair. Perhaps the tribe should sue the government for handing out some checks at the beginning of the month that are used to purchase the alcohol.
If there was no demand for the product, there would be no supply. It's hard to fault capitalism in U.S.

Emma'sMommy
Emma'sMommy

Everything I want to say has already been stated. This is absurd! Alcoholism is a personal problem and does not need to be made into a race issue like many have tried to make it out to be. Having a father who left me and my family because of alcohol, I understand the pain. But my father is accountable for his actions. Not the place who sold him the boos, not the company that manufactured the boos, only he is accountable. This lawsuit is ridiculous.

su_su_33
su_su_33

WoW, just look at this blog and everything that I have wanted to say, has already been said!! Keep them coming!!

badhand
badhand

If the tribe does not want alcohol on the Reservation then it needs to stop the alcohol from crossing their border. Why is it the Natives who want to be sovereign are never willing to face up to their own issues and take responsibility for solving these problems, rather than trying to have someone else do it for them, and then pay for it as well.

Nelag T
Nelag T

Greed. I have lost all respect for the tribe. If they really thought it was a problem, how about permanently stationing a BIA officer at the border?

Just legalize the booze. It's like the Catholic church suing Trojan condoms for promoting sex before marriage. If the people living on the rez really respected their traditions enough to obey them, there wouldn't be a problem.

How about the tribe put a little more effort into stopping the disease, not the symptom?

doritos
doritos

Yes! I agree with Husker and Wellnow........First of all everybody, everyone, has a home or a home to go home too. White Clay Merchants are not making people stay or go back. A person can make their own choice. The merchants in White Clay have to make a living too, as they have families just like you and me. Thank You RCJ.

wellnow
wellnow

I was raised in the area you are talking about and learned at a young age to "do the right thing" even though alot of others I was around weren't....something else I learned was to take "responsibility for your own actions".... I see nothing has changed on the rez!!

dont judge
dont judge

To bad some of you have no idea what its like living with alcoholism and what the repercussions are, I seen too many families torn apart be cause of this,until you have lived it or seen the effects of what alcohol does to our native people,you have absolutely no room to pass judgement.

winyanwasake
winyanwasake

At first, I participated in the walks from Pine Ridge to White Clay to honor the OST members who had fallen due to alcohol related deaths. The thing that needs to be done is to legalize the alcohol, but it is met with great resistance, like they bring Unci's who have lost tona family members to alcohol abuse in front of the Council so they refuse to let it be on the rez. But it would be other legitimate businesses that they could bring to the rez. Why wouldn't this work? Unless there is an ulterior motive(s) for this not happening.

RCRN
RCRN

LMAO...Yep, isn't that the American way?? Blame somebody else for your own poor choices!! LMAO!! What a frivolous lawsuit!!

FROGGY47
FROGGY47

If the stores are selling the alcohol illegally(i.e. to minors, in exchange for "favors" or especially in exchange for food stamp vouchers), then that needs to be dealt with because they are breaking the law. However, suing the store owners for selling the stuff when they have a license and are selling it legally, is wrong and ridiculous. Suing the makers and distributors is even more ridiculous.

Do I think that the "border stores" ought to be shut down? Yes, because they are deliberately placing their stores knowing that the alcohol is easily accessible to people from the Res. and they know they can sell a lot. But that is my personal feeling. I also think that the sale and consumption of ALL alcohol ought to be illegal, and that smoking should be illegal too. But that is my personal feeling.

The store owners are being unethical and uncaring. But if they are following the law, then they are not legally wrong. Instead of the lawsuits, these organizations need to force a crack down on the law. If the stores are selling the alcohol illegally, then get them fined/arrested for that. If the illegal sale is a massive problem, then they will lose their licenses. End of story. These organizations also need to use the system: change the laws so there can be no more liquor licenses for that area; get a NE law passed that the sale or consumption of alcohol by Native Americans is illegal in the Whiteclay area. Most of all, deal with the heart of the problem: the alcoholism, not the sale of alcohol.

Dynarider1960
Dynarider1960

I have to agree with many of the comments, no one is forcing anyone on the Rez to drink, it's personal choice. Just as it's personal choice to break the law by taking alcohol back to the Rez. all one has to do is look at the beer cans and whiskey bottles that lie along Bombing Range road from Scenic South to Pine Ridge and you know Whiteclay is not the sole source.

patty
patty

Oh for heaven sakes!No one has opened cans of beer and shoved it down anyones throat, maybe when people point the finger of blame,they should be standing in front of a mirror when they do it.

Brad98
Brad98

What happens if they turn a customer away? Will they be accused of racial profiling?

eifeldude
eifeldude

This lawsuit reminds me of fat people suing McDonald's for being fat. How about adults be responsible for a change and stop blaming your problems on someone or something else.

Obamination
Obamination

Here comes another ridiculous law suit that should be thrown out as soon as possible. The culprit is not the suppliers but the consumers. If there were no longer a Whiteclay the paths would lead to Rushville, Gordon or some other town with stores that sold alcohol. Sure the trip would be longer but the result the same. And the problem would go on and on. Put the blame where it belongs. Paying anyone to do nothing doesn't make sense, just causes this type of destructive behavior.

breeze6839
breeze6839

I have a better solution- quit drinking.

SDExpatriate
SDExpatriate

Why is it that the "problem" is always someone else's fault based on someone else's ability to pay? Where's the personal responsibility - on BOTH sides? Oh - I forgot - we're all now "entitled"; we don't have to take personal responsibilty.

longtime76er
longtime76er

So when the tribe is successful in closing down beer and alcohol sales in Whiteclay what is next? While is may slow the trail of alcohol that enters the reservation it most certainly will not stop it. I do believe that this will endanger more lives as residents will travel further to purchase alcohol. Traveling further, drinking while traveling, endangering themselves and everyone else on the road. Yes, alcohol is a tremendous problem on the reservation and before someone accuses me of racism, stop! Is the tribe going to further the radius of the forbidden alcohol sales? Is the tribe going to continue to blame someone/something else for the down fall of Native society and the problems of it's people? Stop playing the blame game and crack down on the laws you set forth and enforce them.....put patrols on the road....stop drivers before they enter...do something to the violators of your laws and leave others out of it.

RCMOMMY
RCMOMMY

This must be their idea of accountability...that's right, "pass the buck"!! Rediculous... that's all I have....

Husker
Husker

The last time I checked you had to be an "adult" to purchase alcohol. People need to take responsibility for their own actions and stop with the frivolous lawsuits.

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