LETTER: Make Pine Ridge a wet reservationThe natives vote for a dry reservation and blame the Nebraska whites for native drinking. To make the reservation wet would cause the Whiteclay problem to go away.
By: Rex Alberts, Yankton
To the Editor:
The Indian reservation at Pine Ridge and about two miles from Whiteclay, Neb., is suing the beer distributors serving White Clay as the tribe maintains such products are contaminating and disrupting the lives of natives served at Whiteclay.
The natives vote for a dry reservation and blame the Nebraska whites for native drinking. To make the reservation wet would cause the Whiteclay problem to go away.
A larger factor of the problem may be money and other items from the government, not requiring work, and providing time and funds to spend with merchants in Whiteclay.
A wet reservation by native vote could fund treatment centers there and nearly end any Whiteclay problems.
There is plenty of alcohol on the reservation anyway, but it is not legal, so natives travel two miles to Whiteclay.
To blame the manufacturers because you chose to purchase and use their product is some stretch of logic.
If I stab myself much and often with a knife, can I sue the knife manufacturer?
A one-year wet reservation should be an experiment at least.