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Tiny town's massive liquor sales to continue despite concerns about neighbouring Native American reservation

 

January 12, 2017



Officials have recommended that a small US town whose four beer stores sold the equivalent of 3.5 million cans in 2015 be allowed to maintain liquor sales despite ongoing concerns over widespread alcoholism on a bordering Native American reservation.

County officials in Nebraska voted 3-0 on Tuesday to recommend that the state renew the liquor licences of the stores in Whiteclay, a town with a dozen full-time residents that abuts the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Some members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe blame Whiteclay for problems on the reservation, which is plagued with high rates of fetal alcohol syndrome and poverty.

It's a setback for activists who for decades have targeted the stores in hopes stopping the sales, considering the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission ordered the Whiteclay stores to reapply for their liquor licenses in November amid public pressure to reduce panhandling, public drunkenness and violence.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/88311468/tiny-towns-massive-liquor-sales-to-continue-despite-concerns-about-neighbouring-native-american-reservation

 

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