Indian Tribe Sues Major Beer Makers

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  1. InTheLight

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    LINCOLN, Neb. - An American Indian tribe sued some of the world's largest beer makers Thursday, claiming they knowingly contributed to devastating alcohol-related problems on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

    The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota said it is demanding $500 million in damages for the cost of health care, social services and child rehabilitation caused by chronic alcoholism on the reservation, which encompasses some of the nation's most impoverished counties.

    The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Nebraska also targets four beer stores in Whiteclay, a Nebraska town near the reservation's border that, despite having only about a dozen residents, sold nearly 5 million cans of beer in 2010.

    Tribal leaders and activists blame the Whiteclay businesses for chronic alcohol abuse and bootlegging on the Pine Ridge reservation, where all alcohol is banned. They say most of the stores' customers come from the reservation, which spans southwest South Dakota and dips into Nebraska.

    "You cannot sell 4.9 million 12-ounce cans of beer and wash your hands like Pontius Pilate, and say we've got nothing to do with it being smuggled," said Tom White, the tribe's Omaha-based attorney.

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    They must be broke and need money. It falls upon them to enforce their own laws.
     
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    Who must be broke?

    Everybody is to blame here. The beer companies ship hundreds of pallets of beer to a small hick town in South Dakota and don't wonder why they need so much beer? The townspeople smuggle in truck loads of beer, probably daily or weekly, and (I'm sure) charge a premium price for it, the Indians are drunk and destroying their tribe. It's a sad situation. Greed laid bare.
     
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    It will be an interesting case. The same argument could be made that the US government is complicit regarding dope imports.
     
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    My point was that this is like those who sue McDonalds because they are fat. If they have a problem then they need to enforce their laws, set up checkpoints or whatever.

    I agree that the beer merchants are greedy, but the tribe cannot exercise control over them.
     
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    In other news the NAACP filed suit against Kentucky Fried Chicken....it had something to do with high cholesterol levels.
     

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