Thursday, February 9, 2012

Gotta love this mindset

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An American Indian tribe is suing some of the world’s largest beer makers, claiming they knowingly contributed to alcohol-related problems on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota filed a federal lawsuit Thursday demanding $500 million from five international beer manufacturers for the cost of health care, social services and child rehabilitation caused by chronic alcoholism on the reservation.

The lawsuit also targets four off-site beer stores in Whiteclay, a Nebraska town with a population of about a dozen people on the South Dakota border that sells nearly 5 million cans of beer annually.

The Connecticut-sized reservation has struggled with alcoholism and poverty for generations, despite an alcohol ban since 1832. Pine Ridge legalized alcohol in 1970, but restored the ban two months later. From here:

Yes, it's all someone else's fault so get a lawyer and sioux, sioux, sioux.  You know, I wonder where they get the money to fund all these alcohol purchases, don't you?  Of course, SD unemployment rate is 4.1% so it's prolly tough to get jobs in that economy.

The thing is, this whole Native American/alcoholism thing is tragic ... horrible.  But, it is not necessary to drink ... or smoke ... or use drugs, etc, period.  It's nobody else's fault.  Pretending it is is just part of the mindset that perpetuates the problem.  Trying to steal money off legitimate businesses just makes you look like a parasite.

1 comment:

ragweed said...

Pine Ridge is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States and it is the poorest. The population of Pine Ridge suffer health conditions commonly found in Third World countries, including high mortality rates, depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, malnutrition and diabetes, among others. Reservation access to health care is limited compared to urban areas, and it is not sufficient. Unemployment on the reservation hovers between 80% and 85%, and 49% of the population live below the federal poverty level.[64] Many of the families have no electricity, telephone, running water, or sewage systems; and many use wood stoves to heat their homes, depleting limited wood resources.

I have been on the Res. and it appears that they do not want business on the res and do not want to leave it for work.

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