Archive for May, 2007

Principle or practical: Reservation alcohol ban sparks debate

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Many say residents should decide
Published May 18, 2007
BY HEIDI BELL GEASE
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

The federal prosecution of three accused bootleggers has renewed a debate over whether alcohol should be legalized on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

In a nutshell, the issue comes down to whether the tribe should stand by its alcohol ban as a matter of principle or take a practical approach and benefit from the money residents now spend buying alcohol off the reservation. (more…)

Editorial: It’s time to act

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

Tribal leaders should follow up on cooperative policing effort for Whiteclay.

The time as come to stop this charade.

Either the Oglala Sioux Tribe wants to make a positive difference in the alleged illegal sales of alcohol in Whiteclay, Neb., or it does not. Nearly two years have passed since a deal was brokered between Attorney General Jon Burning and the then-president of the Oglala Sioux, who hailed the cross-deputization agreement as an “important step forward” for law enforcement in Whiteclay. (more…)

‘Historic’ agreement could be tapped out

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

By Nate Jenkings / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WHITECLAY — Once hailed as a historic step toward mopping up this alcohol-drenched village, a deal to allow tribal police to patrol it has instead gone the way of empty beer cans so visible in the area — ditched.

The agreement, signed nearly two years ago by Attorney General Jon Bruning, Gov. Dave Heineman and the then-president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, allows tribal police in the Pine Ridge Indian reservation to be deputized in Nebraska. (more…)

Pine Ridge blockade planned to nab bootleggers

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Duane Martin Sr. plans another blockade of Whiteclay, Neb.
Published Sunday May 13, 2007
BY CARSON WALKER
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PINE RIDGE — Two women are scheduled to be sentenced Monday for bootlegging on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as another road blockade is being planned to stop the influx of alcohol to the dry reservation. (more…)