I've been reading online regarding this subject and came upon this angle (however I'm sure many of you have already thought this one out):
The first thing I found out was that when you go to Whiteclay,Nebraska on Wikipedia it redirects you to Pine Ridge, Nebraska. Pine Ridge, Nebraska was referred to as Whiteclay after the extension. In 1882, after the boundaries of the reservation were established the US government added a 50 square mile strip of land called The Whiteclay Extension. The area under Executive Order was created to serve as a buffer zone to prevent the sale of alcohol to the residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Well, now I realized why everything was called extension and also that Whiteclay had turned into the exact opposite of what it was created for.
In 1904, without consulting the Oglala Sioux Tribe, President Roosevelt signed an executive order removing 49 of the 50 square miles of The Whiteclay Extension.
Alcohol was immediately available for sale at a trading post near the border of the reservation.
And that is where the four retailers named in the lawsuit have set up shop. They sell 4.9 million cans of beer a year in a town with the population of 12. This is mind boggling. The life expectancy rate on the Pine Ridge Reservation is 54 for women and 48 for men. It makes you wonder what took so long, or why nothing was done before. Now I don’t know any laws about guns and this is only an example, (not about gun control before anyone gets all up in my kool-aid) but it seems to me if a town of 12 had four gun shops and was selling nearly five million bullets a year and the residents in the town nearby had the life expectancy of a third world country, the government would have stepped in. It makes you wonder if President Roosevelt’s purpose for the executive order of making the Whiteclay Extension public domain was sort of the same as handing out blankets with small pox.
The article, written by a woman named Dana Lone Hill can be found in its entirety at: http://rippdemup.com/2012/02/the-oglala ... /#comments