“It is each individual’s choice to go and buy that alcohol,” said Mr. Larson, the state senator. “We’re not here to protect people from themselves. The reservation needs to deal with the problem before blaming the State of Nebraska and the stores in Whiteclay.”
There are four liquor stores in Nebraska just over the border from South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where having and drinking alcohol is illegal, and these regularly sell more than 400,000 gallons of alcohol a year. That works out to, last year, well more than 4 million cans of beer.
- Tribe suing beer companies for alcohol problems (hosted.ap.org)