The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that some of the world's largest beer makers are directly responsible for the myriad deleterious effects alcoholism has had on their tribe.
The Tribe is demanding $500 million in compensatory damages.
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According to the civil complaint, the Oglala allege that beer distributors are liable for the cost of health care, child rehabilitation and social services caused by the chronic alcohol abuse that has wracked their closenit Pine Ridge Indian Reservation community.
The US District Court of Nebraska has jurisdiction over the case, which also implicates individual beer stores in nearby Whiteclay, Nebraska.