LINCOLN — College students in Omaha and Lincoln will call for a boycott of Anheuser-Busch beers to raise awareness about the impact of alcoholism on Native Americans in the northwest Nebraska village of Whiteclay.
The boycott will be announced Tuesday by the Whiteclay Awareness Student Organization at Creighton University, according to a news release. Student representatives from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska-Lincoln also will participate.
Critics hold stores in Whiteclay responsible for alcoholism and bootlegging on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The town has about a dozen residents, but its alcohol retailers sold the equivalent of 4.3 million, 12-ounce cans of beer last year.
Alcohol is officially banned on the reservation.
Last year, the Oglala Sioux Tribe sued Anheuser-Busch and three other major breweries in federal court, seeking $500 million for the social and economic costs of alcoholism on the tribe.
The lawsuit was dismissed when U.S. District Judge John Gerrard said the federal court lacked jurisdiction to rule on the matter.
— Joe Duggan