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

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.

Bryan Brewer was arrested Monday during a protest in Whiteclay on a 2012 warrant for writing a bad check for $191 to a veterinary clinic. He paid the amount, and the charges were dismissed.

In a statement, Brewer said he hopes his arrest will encourage tribal members to talk about a coming referendum vote and its possible effects on the reservation.

The tribal council earlier this month approved a public referendum on whether to legalize alcohol on the reservation. A date for the public vote has not been scheduled.

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