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… ]

Long a source of controversy for groups ranging from Native activists to church groups, Whiteclay, Nebraska has finally had its sole industry shuttered. The town had long served as the primary source of alcohol for the residents of the nearby Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux reservation. The entire reservation has banned alcohol sales since the 19th [ Read On… ]

The town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, population 12, has historically been one of the nation’s least economically diversified towns. Since its founding in the 1880s, the tiny enclave has had but one purpose in the world. It has provided the residents of the Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux reservation with high-octane beer, wine and liquor.   And [ Read On… ]

The Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux reservation is the poorest place in the United States. Its residents have struggled with substance abuse, extreme poverty, lack of education and unemployment since the days when Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse still counted among its leadership. But while these problems have always been complex and intertwined, many critics and [ Read On… ]

The Nebraska State Liquor Board has recently voted to permanently revoke the liquor licenses of all four stores located in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The stores are the source of the town’s only economic activity. With just 12 official residents, Whiteclay will surely be destined to join the ranks of America’s Western ghost towns, should the Board’s [ Read On… ]

The Nebraska State Liquor Control Board recently voted unanimously to revoke the licenses of all four of Whiteclay, Nebraska’s liquor stores. Whiteclay has long been a point of contention for activists and legislators, who have been increasingly appalled by the rampant drunkenness, street fights and other lawless behavior that has plagued the town since its [ Read On… ]

In a recent vote, the Nebraska State Liquor Board decided to revoke the licenses of the four liquor stores that comprise the sole occupants of the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. The town, located just 250 yards from the dry Pine Ridge Indian reservation, has had, in its 130 years of existence, just one purpose: the [ Read On… ]

The Nebraska Liquor Control Board recently voted to revoke the licenses of all liquor stores operating in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. The tiny enclave, with a population of just 12, has long been a lightning rod of complaints and activism for its role in supplying the nearby Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux reservation with beer. [ Read On… ]

A recent vote by the Nebraska State Liquor Control Board has put the future of Whiteclay, Nebraska in serious doubt. The town’s sole industry consists of its four liquor stores, which sell beer almost exclusively to the residents of the neighboring Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux reservation.   Since its founding in the 1880s, Whiteclay has [ Read On… ]