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.
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.
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?
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...
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...
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]."
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.
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.
"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.
#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.
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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