Column: Pine Ridge Reservation is drowning in Whiteclay alcohol

"Just six hours from Denver is the town of Whiteclay, Neb. Its population: about 12. Yet in 2010, this tiny town sold 465,000 gallons of beer, enough for nearly 5 million 12-ounce servings.

There's no place in Whiteclay to legally consume beer, and state law prohibits its resale. So where is all that beer going?

Just 250 feet from Whiteclay's border is the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Lakota people of the Oglala Sioux Tribe — population about 40,000.

It's illegal to drink, possess, sell or transport alcohol onto the reservation. Yet Pine Ridge is drowning in beer: Alcohol abuse impacts 85 percent of families and accounted for 90 percent of arrests in 2008. "

Get the Story:
Lisa Wirthman: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is drowning in beer (The Denver Post 5/27)

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