Thursday, August 15, 2013

One of the Oglala Sioux's Greatest Enemies Will Soon Be For Sale on the Reservation

If the 1,645-1,494 vote holds up to scrutiny.


At Tribe’s Door, a Hub of Beer and Heartache. (The New York Times,3/8/2012)

Excerpt: Nearly all the alcohol bought in Whiteclay winds up on Pine Ridge or is consumed by its residents, tribal officials say. Pine Ridge is home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is one of the poorest places in the country, according to 2010 census data.

Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Alcohol Lawsuit Dismissed in Federal Court Without Prejudice.  (Indian Country, 10/3/2012)

Excerpt:   On October 1, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) against brewers, retailers and distributors of alcohol sold in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge John M. Gerrard, without prejudice, which means the tribe is free to take their claims to state court.

Pine Ridge Reservation Votes to End Alcohol Ban. (The New York Times, 8/14/2013)

Excerpt: Tribal election officials on Wednesday evening confirmed that tribal members, in a public referendum, had voted to overturn the ban on possessing and selling alcohol on the reservation. The vote tally was 1,843 in favor of legalization and 1,678 against it, according to the election commission. 

Tribal members will have three days to challenge the result, but the election chairman, Francis Pumpkin Seed, said the burden to get a vote struck down was high in that whoever complains would have to prove that election law was violated.

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