A Story of Empowerment Through Sobriety

About the Film:

Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian is both a story of brave men and women on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who have found empowerment through sobriety and those still struggling to overcome their alcohol addiction. Set in the weeks leading up to the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s historic vote to repeal its ban on alcohol on August 13, 2013, the documentary follows the journey of four alcoholics living on the streets of Whiteclay, Nebraska, less than 300 yards from their homes in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. A must-see film for anyone interested in stories about beating the odds in one of the poorest places in the country, Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian explores the harmful effects of alcohol abuse on tribal reservations including high rates of fetal alcohol syndrome, cirrhosis, teen suicide, and high-risk sexual behavior.


John A. Maisch is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Maisch previously served as an Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General (1996-2001) and General Counsel for the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (2008-2012). Maisch was raised in Nebraska, and his parents were born and raised in South Dakota. He has sought to raise public awareness about the alcohol epidemic impacting women and children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation since 2012.