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SD Reservation on Edge After Legalizing Booze

Police chief fears surge in violence

(Newser) - A South Dakota reservation that's been dry almost since its founding has voted to allow the possession and sale of alcohol on its grounds, a move that runs counter to traditional federal rules. The decision has Oglala Sioux tribe members deeply divided—so divided that ballots had to be... More »

Judge to Sioux: You Can't Sue Beer Makers for Alcoholism

At least in federal court; state case may follow

(Newser) - A federal judge has dismissed a novel lawsuit filed by a Sioux tribe in South Dakota that went after beer makers and stores of a nearby town for contributing to rampant alcoholism on the reservation, reports the BBC . The $500 million lawsuit by the Oglala tribe centered on these numbers:... More »

Sioux Race to Raise Funds to Buy Sacred Land

Land was seized by Congress after Dakota gold was found

(Newser) - The tribes of the Great Sioux Nation are scrambling to raise enough funds to buy back sacred land seized from them by Congress 135 years ago. The 2,000-acre site, known as Pe' Sla, is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota and is going up for auction this... More »

Sioux Tribe Sues Beer Makers for $500M

Sellers turning blind eye to smuggling, devastating problem: suit

(Newser) - The town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, has only 14 residents, but four beer stores which sell nearly 5 million cans a year. If you think those numbers sound strange, you're paying more attention than beer makers, a lawsuit from the Oglala Sioux Tribe charges. The Pine Ridge reservation—where alcohol... More »

'Fighting Sioux' Backers Fight to Restore Name

North Dakota to hold referendum on team name

(Newser) - Another battle looms in North Dakota's long-running fight over the Fighting Sioux. The University of North Dakota has been trying to retire the nickname and logo deemed offensive to Native Americans, but the name's supporters say they have gathered enough signatures to force a statewide referendum on the... More »

ND Senate: Teams Can Drop Fighting Sioux Name

UND now allowed to drop nickname NCAA finds objectionable

(Newser) - The University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux teams can now change their nickname if they want to, the state Senate has decided. A law requiring UND teams to keep their name and logo was adopted in response to the NCAA's decision to put UND under sanctions because it... More »

Native Americans Seek Wealth From the Wind

Tribes on wind-rich land hope alternative energy boom will reshape their economies

(Newser) - Native Americans own some of America's most wind-rich land, and tribal leaders in South Dakota and elsewhere are working to harness the natural power to cash in on the alternative energy boom, the New York Times reports. If they are successful, the projects could work transformations similar to those casinos... More »

Feds May Return Badlands to Sioux

Tribe ousted from Badlands in 1942

(Newser) - The National Park Service might return half of South Dakota's Badlands National Park to the Oglala Sioux, reports the LA Times, some 6 decades after the US military ousted 800 members from the territory during World War II. The measure still needs Congressional approval, and tribal members remain unsure whether... More »

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