Archive for June, 2013

Oglala Sioux Tribe leader says his arrest won’t deter anti-alcohol work

Friday, June 21st, 2013

By ASSOCIATED PRESS / OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / June 21, 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota said his recent arrest during a protest against alcohol sales in the Nebraska border town of Whiteclay won’t deter him from voicing his disapproval of the possibility of allowing alcohol on the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

A Dry Reservation Clashes With Its Liquor Store Neighbors

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

By  / SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC BROADCASTING / June 19, 2013

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST of ALL THINGS CONSIDERED:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I’m Robert Siegel. On the Pine Ridge Reservation at the southern edge of South Dakota, alcohol is banned. But just outside the reservation, the tiny border town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, sells as much as 5 million cans of beer a year. Most of the buyers are impoverished tribal residents. Earlier this week, the Oglala Sioux tribal president was arrested while taking part in a blockade of beer delivery trucks in Whiteclay.

Activists have been clashing with liquor store owners and the conflict is escalating, as South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Charles Michael Ray reports. (more…)

Oglala Sioux president arrested in Whiteclay

Monday, June 17th, 2013

By KEVIN ABOUREZK / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / June 17,2013

The Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer on Monday morning in Whiteclay during a protest outside a beer store.

A dispatcher for the sheriff’s office confirmed Brewer’s arrest but declined to offer any more information. Brewer paid a fine and was released Monday afternoon, the dispatcher said. (more…)

Tribe votes to allow members to decide whether to legalize alcohol

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

By KEVIN ABOUREZK / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / June 12, 2013

A decision Tuesday to allow the members of a South Dakota tribe to decide whether to legalize alcohol on their reservation has spurred strong opinions on both sides and raised concerns about how the tribe might regulate alcohol sales.

Oglala Sioux tribal leaders and activists have raised fears that legalization of alcohol on the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation could lead to a sharp spike in alcohol abuse and crime, though others argue legalization could help the cash-strapped tribe fund much-needed treatment and youth programs to combat alcoholism and its devastating effects. (more…)

Hearing for activist set for July 2

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

By KEVIN ABOUREZK / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / June 12, 2013

A preliminary hearing for an activist who was arrested last month for allegedly participating in an incident May 3 in Whiteclay will take place July 2 in Sheridan County Court in Rushville.

T.R. McKenzie, who is seeking an end to alcohol sales in Whiteclay, was arrested May 24 while attempting to file a complaint with the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission against a Whiteclay beer store owner. (more…)

Council Considers Referendum On Prohibition

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

By CHARLES MICHAEL RAY / SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC BROADCASTING / June 11, 2013

The Oglala Sioux Tribal council is slated to debate a referendum on legalizing alcohol on Pine Ridge in Tuesday’s meeting.

The Tribal Council is considering approving a reservation wide vote on prohibition.

The move comes alongside efforts to curb alcohol sales in the nearby border town of Whiteclay. (more…)

Whiteclay Heats Up As Tribe Reconsiders Prohibition

Friday, June 7th, 2013

By CHARLES MICHAEL RAY / SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC BROADCASTING / June 7, 2013

Activists and liquor store owners are clashing in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska on the boarder of the Pine Ridge Reservation.   Beer delivery trucks are being stopped and vandalized as men wielding baseball bats are accused of threatening protesters.

Alcohol is banned on Pine Ridge.   But the town of Whiteclay sells the equivalent of up to 5-million cans of beer annually–mostly to impoverished tribal residents.   As the conflict escalates the tribal nation is grappling with the idea of lifting its prohibition of alcohol. (more…)