From Fox News: 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.
Here's a clue to the leaders at Pine Ridge: Booze is legal and if you don't want people to drink, why don't you put them in a a dome and throw away the key.
They ought to also read the history books on Prohibition and the18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and see how that worked out.
This is an attempted shake down of a legal business(es) and the case ought to be thrown out.
Further, many Native Americans believe that the reservations are sovereign countries, so why don't they act like it? They pretend that the reservations are independent until the free money comes in from governments and businesses.
So, to the leaders of the Pine Ridge reservation: get over it and grow up and join the 21st Century and stop shaking down businesses that operate legally. And if you cannot handle that, then put up a 20 foot all around the reservation to keep your people in, just like what the Russians did to East Germany.
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