Posts Tagged ‘Oglala Sioux Tribe’

Sioux president walks out of meeting with Nebraska governor

Monday, July 8th, 2013

By ASSOCIATED PRESS / RAPID CITY JOURNAL / July 8, 2013

Less than three minutes into a meeting Monday about alcohol sales in Whiteclay, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe walked out on Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.

Tribal president Bryan Brewer said he left because he felt the governor has no intention of trying to address alcohol-related problems that stem from the Nebraska town that sells millions of cans of beer and borders South Dakota’s officially dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He also accused Heineman of greeting him with a hostile tone, an allegation the governor denied. (more…)

Governor, tribal president talk for just 2 minutes

Monday, July 8th, 2013

By KEVIN ABOUREZK / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / July 8, 2013

Not many problems can be solved in two minutes.

And that includes the situation in Whiteclay.

Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer of South Dakota and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman had planned for weeks to get together Monday morning to try to address alcohol sales in Whiteclay and alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

But the meeting ended after fewer than three minutes, and the governor’s office and Brewer later traded barbs over whose fault that was. (more…)

Meeting on Whiteclay alcohol sales ends quickly with no progress

Monday, July 8th, 2013

By JOE DUGGAN / OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / July 8, 2013

LINCOLN — The first meeting between the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Nebraska’s governor may prove to be the last.

The two leaders met Monday morning at the State Capitol to discuss the flash point issue of alcohol sales in the northwest Nebraska border town of Whiteclay. According to accounts from both sides, the meeting, scheduled for one hour, lasted just a few minutes. (more…)

Oglala Sioux Tribal President Bryan Brewer to meet with Nebraska Governor Heineman to find solutions to end illegal alcohol sales on the border at Whiteclay

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

By ALCOHOL JUSTICE / July 7, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb., July 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Alcohol Justice is reporting that Oglala Sioux Tribal President Bryan Brewer will hold a press conference in front of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission on Monday afternoon, July 8, 2013, to hopefully discuss new developments in stopping the illegal alcohol activity taking place in the town of Whiteclay, which borders the Pine Ridge, South Dakota Native American Reservation. Earlier that day President Brewer will be meeting with theNebraska Governor, Liquor Control Commission, and key state legislators to discuss possible solutions. (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…)

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…)

New Oglala Sioux president: Shut down Whiteclay

Monday, November 26th, 2012

ASSOCIATED PRESS / November 26, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — At first, the agenda of the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s newly elected president might seem overly ambitious.

But Bryan Brewer says issues on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation — ranging from a housing shortage and high unemployment to alcoholism and violence — are deeply intertwined. (more…)