Oglala Sioux president arrested in Whiteclay

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.

According to Sheridan County Court records, an arrest warrant was issued for Brewer in March 2012 for issuing a bad check worth less than $200. The charge is a class II misdemeanor.

Olowan Martinez, an Oglala activist, said Brewer was arrested outside the Arrowhead Inn, a beer store in Whiteclay. More than 50 protesters remained outside the store Monday afternoon, attempting to stop beer trucks from delivering to the store, Martinez said.

She said Nebraska State Patrol troopers were trying to move protesters so the beer delivery workers could drop their shipments.

“They probably assume that if they take out our leadership that we’ll leave,” Martinez said. “We’re not leaving until Anheuser-Busch decides to stay out of Whiteclay.”

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