In April of this year, the Nebraska Liquor Control Board finally did what lawmakers, politicians and sheriffs had been threatening to do since 1880, they revoked the beer sales licenses of the four liquor stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska, effectively ending the ability of Natives from the nearby Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux reservation to easily access [ Read On… ]

The Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux Reservation was established in the 1870s. At that time, the Oglala were a formidable people, ruling over the Northern Plains region in ways that modern Americans would find almost impossible to comprehend.   In stark contrast to the modern portrayal of Plains Indians as downtrodden victims of racism or other [ Read On… ]

The Oglala Sioux have long been plagued by the problems of alcoholism. The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota, has the highest rates of alcoholism and fetal alcohol syndrome anywhere in the county. It has been estimated that 60 percent of the reservation’s population are full-blown alcoholics.   The Liquor Control Board of the [ Read On… ]

Last May, the beer stores in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska were finally shuttered for good, after the Nebraska Liquor Control Board decided against renewing their licenses. This action came on the heels of more than 130 years of protests against the town and it’s sole industry. Groups ranging from Christian activists to members of [ Read On… ]

In late April of this year, the Nebraska State Liquor Control Board dealt a decisive blow to the four liquor stores operating in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. Since the early 1880s, the town’s one industry had been the provision of beer and booze to the Native Americans of the nearby Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux [ Read On… ]

The Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux Indian reservation is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. Formed from the harsh landscape of Southern South Dakota, it has served as the ancestral home of the Lakota people for millennia. The area has been home to such famous figures and heroes of the Sioux [ Read On… ]

For almost 150 years, the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska has been the primary source of alcohol for the residents of the Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux Reservation. The reservation has been dry, completely banning the sale of alcohol, since its establishment in the 1870s. The town of Whiteclay quickly sprang up, just a few miles south [ Read On… ]