With Alcoholism Rampant On Nearby Reservation, Nebraska Shuts Town’s Liquor Stores
The battle over alcohol stores in tiny Whiteclay, Neb., has been going on for decades. Home to roughly about a dozen people, the town has been called a "rural skid row." Images of Lakota people openly drinking in town or staggering drunk on its streets are commonplace.
But now, that easy access to alcohol is gone.
The state liquor board has shut down Whiteclay's four controversial liquor stores. Together, the stores sold 4 million cans of beer every year — mostly to residents of the adjacent Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which bans alcohol. The store owners are appealing the action by the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, but that could take months. [...]addiction public health race regulation