The plight and struggle of alcoholism at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been well-documented over many years.
Although possession and consumption of alcohol is forbidden on the reservation, home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the southwestern border of South Dakota, it isn't hard to acquire. Just a quick walk across the border of Nebraska lies the census designated place of Whiteclay.
The small town has a population of just over 10 people and four off-sale liquor stores. Those stores sell almost 13,000 cans of beer a day combined, according to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission's reports over the last three years. It's not hard to guess where most of that beer goes: Pine Ridge.
Enter Whiteclay Awareness, a student-led organization with over 100 members state-wide, consisting of students from Creighton, UNO, UNL, as well as other activists seeking to end liquor sales in Whiteclay. Led by Creighton senior David Fuxa, a handful of the group's representatives held a press conference Jan. 22 at Creighton's Harper Center to announce a call to action.
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