On the Rez - Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

Ian Frazier
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Years ago, people would hitchhike to the bars in Rapid City and take a train to Billings, MT. Indians from many tribes used to drink at Casey's Golden Pheasant, but it is now a vacant lot like many other Indian bars which seem to disappear. Still, Frazier meets Ronnie Tarbell in a bar and is told that the Indians will always be here, and some authentic Indian bars still exist. Indians tend to favor Budweiser, and Le claims it is because of their successful advertising. Many fortunes have been made by selling alcohol to the Indians. In the early days of the reservation, drinking was forbidden, and though the ban was lifted, Oglala traditionalists believe alcohol is a bitter curse that has weakened and destroyed the Indians more than anything else.

Frazier visits a bar in Buffalo Gap, SD where an Oglala man, Wesley...

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