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South Dakota Tribe Suing Beer Companies

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  1. Haeder

    Haeder South Dakota

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    A little context:

    Whiteclay, Nebraska is a town of 14 people two miles south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation located in southwest South Dakota. There are four businesses in Whiteclay that sell beer - by the can. 5 million cans of beer were sold in Whiteclay in 2010. That amounts to about 13,700 cans of beer sold per day.

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    South Dakota tribe suing beer companies for alcohol problems

    Written by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press

    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.

    The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Nebraska also targets four off-site beer stores in Whiteclay, a Nebraska Panhandle town that, despite having only about a dozen residents, sold nearly 5 million cans of beer in 2010. Most of its customers come from the Pine Ridge reservation on the town’s border.

    Leaders of the tribe blame the Whiteclay businesses for chronic alcohol abuse and bootlegging on the reservation, where all alcohol is banned.

    The lawsuit alleges that the beer makers and stores sold to Pine Ridge’s Indian population, knowing they would smuggle the alcohol into the reservation to drink or resell. The beer makers supplied the stores with “volumes of beer far in excess of an amount that could be sold in compliance with the laws of the state of Nebraska” and the tribe, tribal officials allege in the lawsuit.

    The Connecticut-sized reservation has struggled with alcoholism and poverty for generations, despite an alcohol ban in place since 1832. Pine Ridge legalized alcohol in 1970 but restored the ban two months later, and an attempt to allow it in 2004 died after a public outcry.

    The lawsuit says one in four children born on the reservation suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. The average life expectancy is estimated between 45 and 52 years, the shortest in North America except for Haiti, according to the lawsuit. The average American life expectancy is 77.5 years.

    “The illegal sale and trade in alcohol in Whiteclay is open, notorious and well documented by news reports, legislative hearings, movies, public protests and law enforcement activities,” the lawsuit states. “ All of the above have resulted in the publication of the facts of the illegal trade in alcohol and its devastating effects on the Lakota people, especially its children, both born and unborn.”

    Nebraska lawmakers have struggled for years to curb the abuse in Whiteclay, and are considering a measure this year that would allow the state to limit the types of alcohol sold in troubled areas like it.

    The lawsuit names Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide, SAB Miller, Molson Coors Brewing Company, MIllerCoors LLC and Pabst Brewing Company as defendants.

    Pine Ridge encompasses some of the nation’s poorest counties. U.S. census statistics place Shannon County, S.D., as the third-poorest, with a median household income of $27,300 and nearly half of the population meeting federal poverty standards.
     
  2. Creasy Bear

    Creasy Bear gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
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    The prairie niggers can't handle their firewater.
     
  3. Wrecktum

    Wrecktum Tounge puncher of fart boxes

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    So who's fault is it they are bum's and drunks?
     
  4. Stig

    Stig Wackbag's New Favorite Heel

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    Fuckin' Indians.
     
  5. fletcher

    fletcher Darkness always says hello.
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    Don't want to get the PC police on your tail.
     
  6. mills

    mills I'll give em a state, a state of unconsciousness

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  7. fletcher

    fletcher Darkness always says hello.
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    I had to check but they brew more than just PBR. Tons of malt liquor is produced:

     
  8. Lord Zero

    Lord Zero Viciously Silly

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    The beer companies should give them blankets as compensation.
     
  9. Creasy Bear

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    500 million smackers will buy a lot of beer.

    The worst thing you can do for these perpetual victims is to hand them cash windfalls; casino money, reparations, federal grants, etc... It's like when white trash hits the lottery... they just destroy themselves.
     
  10. mills

    mills I'll give em a state, a state of unconsciousness

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  11. d0uche_n0zzle

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    Only if those blankets are covered in AIDS infested bedbugs.
     
  12. Party Rooster

    Party Rooster Unleash The Beast

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    As a Caucasian-American I am deeply offended by this attack on my family's heritage. Somebody get me a lawyer.
     
  13. mikeybot

    mikeybot SPANAKOPITA!!!

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    Umm...he was referencing the Indians being given blankets with small pox
     
  14. d0uche_n0zzle

    d0uche_n0zzle **Negative_Creep**

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    It needed an update. :icon_mrgr
     
  15. Motor Head

    Motor Head HIGHWAY TRASH REMOVAL

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    Whiteclay is a complete shit hole. Drunken indians on every corner. They set up tents and live in them until they run out of money then they either walk or drive the death road that goes to the reservation. When the next monthly check shows up, the come streaming out of the reservation like cockroaches. They shit everywhere, so it's not uncommon to see human feces on the sidewalks, parking lots and open lots around the town.....not really a town, just 4 beer stores. The Ogallala Sioux have tried suing the state of Nebraska for not pulling the licenses of the stores there, and that was only after they tried to sue the owners of the stores.

    You have to love the "bootlegging" grounds for the lawsuit. The beer companies sold beer knowing that it would be bootlegged back into Pine Ridge. With this line of thought, beer companies should be sued every time one of their customers gets caught drinking and driving. This lawsuit is hilarious. I can't wait to see the indians showing up to court in suits and ties, with braided hair and feathers.
     
  16. Motor Head

    Motor Head HIGHWAY TRASH REMOVAL

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    Your racist dictionary never disappoints.
     
  17. steve500

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    If they don't pay taxes & if they aren't bound by state gambling laws, then why the hell do they get to use the court system?

    I hate to put it so bluntly, but what was last thing a native American contributed to society? Honest question. Sure, we took their land, but tough luck. If we hadn't done that, this land would be filled with shit covered sidewalks & rock carvings of moon superstitions. Instead, we invented computers & launched things to other solar systems.

    Without our inventions & medicines, I'd be willing to bet the Native Americans would have scalped each other out of existence or they would have all died of the common cold & chicken pox by now.
     
  18. jimmyslostchin

    jimmyslostchin Malarkey is slang for bullshit isn't it?

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  19. Creasy Bear

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    When I lived out in Southampton on Long Island there was an indian reservation right there... the Shinnecock injuns. The plot of land they had was worth bazilions of dollars... a huge plot of prime waterfront real estate in the Hamptons. The dichotomy between the neighborhood right across the reservation border, and the neighborhood on the actual reservation was shocking. Southampton was a well-kept, trendy town of fancy restaurants and gigantic hedge-lined estates. The Shinnecock reservation was a complete dump... trash-strewened streets and tarpaper shacks... like some shit you'd see in the darkest hollows of the Appalachian mountains.

    You could literally be standing in the trash-piled yard out behind some injun's dilapidated trailer home... hit a golfball across the creek, and have it land on the perfectly-manicured lawn of a 20 million dollar estate. It was bizarre.

    And it wasn't like the injuns were being oppressed by the pale face. Anybody with a half-assed work ethic could make pretty damned good money in the Hamptons back in the go-go 90's when I was out there. Shit... I made $70 grand/year doing landscape lighting and my drunken ass little brother made $25 grand in one summer working with me... $25 grand, in 3 months!! We were always looking for strong backs who could climb a tree and/or dig a ditch... we didn't give a shit what color your back was and we'd pay $16/hour to dig ditches and run cable, and $24/hour if you were crazy enough to climb way up in trees. Yet not once in 5 years did I ever see a single Shinnecock injun come looking for a job... plenty of brownbacks, but never a single redskin.

    None of them came looking for jobs... or any other jobs. The indians were more than happy to cash their monthly chickenfeed paleface guilt checks, and live in idle, filthy, drunken squalor on "The Rez".

    And now the Shinnecocks are close to getting their own casino. And when they get their casino checks they'll be able to afford idelier idleness, filthier filthiness, drunkier drunkeness and squalorier squalor... won't that be great for them?
     
  20. Josh_R

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    [video=youtube;Y1Ey_g4wOnw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1Ey_g4wOnw[/video]

    1:20 "It's odd that no group has been helped more by the government that American Indians, and yet no group does worse."
     
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    Party Rooster Unleash The Beast

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    My wife works at an Indian casino doing cocktails here in California. The natives get an $8000-$10,000 check EVERY MONTH just for being a member of the tribe as soon as they turn 18. Some of her best "customers" are the Indians who come in to piss away their weekly allotment in just a few hours. They're allowed to drink, gamble, whatever they want to, in the casino and it's encouraged. To go see a fucking show in the comedy club I have to get a supervisor's approval in writing prior to buying the tickets. Same for the restaurants. And she's not allowed to drink or gamble on the property, even if it's her day off and she's with family.
     
  22. Motor Head

    Motor Head HIGHWAY TRASH REMOVAL

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    Pretty much what happened the Sioux Tribe that built a casino in Onawa Iowa, which was the only place to gamble for hundreds of miles until the palefaces got wise and let corporate casinos build property in Council Bluffs Iowa across the river from Omaha. You can drive through the reservation north of Omaha and it hasn't changed despite the whiteman spending much wampum. The only thing that improved there was they all have new pickup trucks....many of them wrecked or up on blocks. I took particular joy in seeing a totaled out SRT10 Dodge Pickup (Viper motor). Sitting in the front yard of one of the trailers. The engine had been sold along with the wheels. The rest is currently rotting in the sun.
     
  23. Motor Head

    Motor Head HIGHWAY TRASH REMOVAL

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    Infuriating. All that fat bitch kept saying was MORE MORE MORE. The shitty reservation they showed is the same one suing the beer companies by the way. If they win, MORE BEER MONEY!!!
     
  24. mills

    mills I'll give em a state, a state of unconsciousness

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  25. Ballbuster1

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