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The Nebraska town with
only 11 residents that sells
more than FOUR MILLION
cans of beer every year - because
it's next to a Native American

Daily Mail (UK), by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 10/13/2012 1:42:08 PM

An American Indian tribe is considering taking its case to state court after its lawsuit against four beer stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska was thrown out last week by a federal judge. The Oglala Sioux Tribe governs the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, just over the state line from Whiteclay. Last year the four beer stores named in the suit sold the equivalent of 4.3 million 12-ounce beer cans even though according to the latest census, Whiteclay has only 11 residents.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 10/13/2012 2:02:28 PM     (No. 8930592)

Sorry, free enterprise & all that.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: coobr03, 10/13/2012 2:05:03 PM     (No. 8930600)

The sovereign nation knife cuts both ways.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dixieboy1, 10/13/2012 2:10:36 PM     (No. 8930610)

Indians have always had a big thirst for "firewater".

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 10/13/2012 2:11:29 PM     (No. 8930611)

Yeah? So what? Do they drag people off the "res" and point guns at them, and make them buy liquor?

This is going nowhere.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 10/13/2012 2:11:41 PM     (No. 8930612)

Beer-- the opiate of the Native Americans-- but how much is resold at the casino?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Northcross, 10/13/2012 2:16:42 PM     (No. 8930613)

Driving through a reservation in northern Arizona, the glitter on the side of the road from broken beer bottles was blinding. But it's all the fault of the white man.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jalo1951, 10/13/2012 2:21:10 PM     (No. 8930617)

Sorry, that's like suing McDonald's because you ate too many fries and got fat. No one is making them buy the booze and drink it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 10/13/2012 2:21:45 PM     (No. 8930618)

Their bodies, their choices. Should we outlaw all of those casinos while we are at it?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mitzi, 10/13/2012 2:25:09 PM     (No. 8930623)

Obviously this is not a "pro choice" bunch.

As long as they are legal drinking age - let them drink. If they are smuggling it onto the reservation, that's the reservation's problem.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mossley, 10/13/2012 2:27:45 PM     (No. 8930627)

Remember, this is Pine Ridge, a reservation with a long reputation of corrupt tribal leadership. They'd rather sue an innocent business than deal with the problem.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: farmwife, 10/13/2012 2:30:01 PM     (No. 8930629)

I sympahise with the Indian population. Alcohol is a scourge on the reservations. But giving them the right to govern anyone off the reservation does not fix the problems. And it starts down a slippery slope.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: old north state, 10/13/2012 2:34:09 PM     (No. 8930636)

it really not that much beer, something like sixty thousand six packs a month. A few guys, a few parties, adds up.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: horacer, 10/13/2012 2:38:11 PM     (No. 8930642)

I live on the border of an Indian reservation in Scottsdale. So many die from alcohol, so young. It's very sad. A friend of mine has a store where they cash casino revenue sharing checks. He posts notices of funerals and Memoriums. Everyone is for someone under 50. Yes this is all legal, it's free enterprise, but it's like opening a liquor store across from an alcohol rehabilitation facility. Your preying on the vulnerable. You can't drink the beer legally in the town or on the reservation, so where do these merchants think their product will be consumed?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ranger06, 10/13/2012 2:38:31 PM     (No. 8930644)

There must be about 20 stores that sell beer in a 5 mile radius from my house - perhaps I should sue them next time I'm passed up for a promotion? (Could have been increasing my "skills" but was some how hypnotized in to drinking beer and watching football).

I'd recommend that the tribal leadership fix the problem not the blame...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ranger06, 10/13/2012 2:42:38 PM     (No. 8930653)

and a second thought - this seems like a serious problem that could be solved - maybe if we shifted some of the resources going to combat Climate "Change" to this issue it could be solved... Where are all the Hollywood Stars when it comes to issue like these? Maybe some of the casino could be diverted to treatment programs? I'll just shut up now...

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bob913, 10/13/2012 2:46:23 PM     (No. 8930658)

They choose socialism.
It is killing them.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 10/13/2012 2:46:42 PM     (No. 8930659)

Indians, like another minority group I can think of, want the lawyers and the courts to find someone else responsible for their ignorant and irresponsible behavior...much like our pResident.

And Van Jones can scream, "Give them the wealth! Give them the wealth!"...so they can buy more beer and further retard a retarded life span. Funny how that word, 'retard,' keeps occurring. Fortunately, in this case we can look at the context in which it's used.

The advice of Newt Gingrich to the OWS clowns can be applied here: "Get a job after you take a bath [and get out of alcohol rehab]."

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 10/13/2012 2:51:43 PM     (No. 8930661)

By my unscientific calculation, that would be more than a case of beer per day for every man, woman and child on the Rez. Apparently they have a lot of softball tournaments.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: nkrahc, 10/13/2012 3:01:37 PM     (No. 8930671)

Living 20 miles from this town, we "racist" townspeople and farmers are opposed to these lawsuits and shutting down Whiteclay. Why put hundreds of Native Americans who have gone to the nearby towns to purchase liquor on the road to kill the rest of us through drunk driving. I appreciate Lucianne members who can see the situation for what it is. It is terribly sad to see them self destruct, but thousands and thousands of dollars and mission groups coming in every year cannot stem the carnage in lives and families.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: NancyD, 10/13/2012 3:02:33 PM     (No. 8930672)

Well, they are using our tax dollars to buy beer made by Americans.

No one is forcing them to buy beer. They choose to do it themselves.

They need to take Personal Responsibility.

It's unbelievable. Idiots.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: lakerman1, 10/13/2012 3:19:59 PM     (No. 8930713)

It used to be against the law to sell firewater to the red man. but that was deemed to be discriminatory.
Nice outcome, hey?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 10/13/2012 3:23:58 PM     (No. 8930723)

Some of those Fast and Furious guns must have been sold to be held against the heads of the Indians forcing them to buy the beer.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 10/13/2012 3:34:57 PM     (No. 8930740)

We talk here about the plight of blacks in America, but Indians in America are faring even worse. The White Mountain Apache Tribe in Northern AZ is close to my hometown. You look at the obituary page every week, and it's got at least two 20ish Indians, every week. There's a casino, but everyone still lives in poverty. There is a serial rapist who has raped over 20 women who has never been caught, and probably a serial killer who drives a tribal police car. The media is nowhere to be found. The alcoholism, meth use and corruption from the Tribal leaders is literally killing these poor people.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Javelin, 10/13/2012 3:37:34 PM     (No. 8930749)

What # 16 said.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 10/13/2012 3:51:48 PM     (No. 8930766)

Alcohol, the Native American crack.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: southernboy, 10/13/2012 3:54:36 PM     (No. 8930773)

"We," collectively, cannot bring democracy to the Middle East, get the Africans to build their own country…or rescue American Indians who will sit in their desert and spend their government checks on alcohol. Give them more money….more alcohol. Sometime, somewhere, somehow every human being has to get up off their a** and stand up on their own two feet…And stop whining, for goodness sake! Come out into the world and DO SOMETHING!
By the way, if these four stores had closed of their own volition, five will get you ten the tribe would have been screaming 'discrimination'…and demanding a government liquor store be built.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: jimK1, 10/13/2012 4:02:57 PM     (No. 8930792)

#18 less than 4.5 cases of beer per year for every resident, not all that much. I works out to about 1 can of beer every three days. 4,300,000/40,000= 107.5 cans of beer per resident /24 = 4.479 cases per year. Besides, look at all the wealth that's being redistributed.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/13/2012 4:03:11 PM     (No. 8930793)

And those 11 people spend their profits in the Indian casino next door.
Problem solved.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Mai Bad, 10/13/2012 4:50:29 PM     (No. 8930868)

Yo..yo.....Uh....Oh...Moochelle is gonna out law everything except broccoli and cauliflower in those stores. Ogala gonna start looking like Bugs Bunnies!!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: 4Justice, 10/13/2012 8:19:20 PM     (No. 8931155)

Those casinos only make a few people super rich. Most of those tribes get screwed by their leaders once the gambling money comes in. With regard to alcohol, it is a well-known fact that Native Americans (including northern natives like Inuit) have a genetic "allergy" to alcohol. Something in their race makes them prone to alcoholism. Still, as another poster mentioned, when it was illegal to sell alcohol to Indians, it was deemed discriminatory and all heck broke loose. Now, because someone is not denying a sale to a Native American, they are talking about suing! It is stupid and if it goes through, I hope it gets tossed out. If it doesn't get tossed out, we are in big trouble...there won't be any freedom left.

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