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South Dakota tribe asks judge to limit beer sales in Nebraska town that borders reservation
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) ' Leaders of an American Indian tribe in South Dakota who are suing beer makers, distributors and retailers are now asking a judge to limit alcohol sales in a tiny Nebraska town that borders their reservation.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe added the request late last week to a federal lawsuit that seeks $500 million in damages for the alcohol-related problems on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Tribal attorney Tom White says the new claim was included because the tribe argues Nebraska officials have allowed beer sales that far surpass the amount that can legally be consumed.
The lawsuit says four retailers in the town of Whiteclay sold the equivalent of 5 million cans of beer in 2010. The town with fewer than a dozen residents borders the reservation, which forbids alcohol.