An Indian tribe, the Oglata Sioux for suing liquor stores for, wait for it…….. selling booze! Say Anything has the scoop
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota runs a dry reservation, and has (with one two-month exception) since 1832. Yet despite this prohibition, alcoholism on the reservation continues to be a problem because the citizens of the reservation can drive to communities off the reservation and buy all the beer they want.
In short, it’s yet another failure for prohibitionist policy.
But the tribe wants to pin the problem on alcohol retailers and the beer companies, blaming them for reservation citizens buying the booze, and to that end have filed a lawsuit against them.
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 tribe views the lawsuit as a last resort after numerous failed attempts to curb the abuse through protests and public pressure on lawmakers, White said. He said the tribal council voted unanimously about four months ago to hire his law firm.
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.
As Rob port notes, the situation is sad and tragic, but blaming legal businesses for it is asinine. If someone drinks to excess, it is their fault, no one elses. This lawsuit is idiotic, and dangerous. It seeks to hold legal businesses responsible for the bad acts of some clients. Which industry is next?