Oglala Sioux Tribal President Vows To Shut Down Border Town Liquor Stores
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alcohol Justice reports that on the evening of February 28, 2013, Oglala Sioux Tribal President Bryan V. Brewer, Sr. joined over 100 tribal members and allies for a peaceful round dance on the South Dakota/Nebraska border near the infamous border town called White Clay, NE. White Clay, an unincorporated hamlet, consists of 4 liquor stores, that profit from the residents of the dry reservation next door.
Nebraska law enforcement, including Sheridan County Sheriff's Department and Nebraska State Troopers attempted to contain the peaceful protesters within, what they believe to be, the legal boundaries of the reservation. President Brewer was compelled to inform the Sheridan County Sheriff Terry Robbins of the Tribe's position on the issue of the so-called "legal" boundaries, citing the 1851/1868 Ft. Laramie Treaties.
President Brewer stated, "The Federal Government implemented a 10 mile buffer zone around the exterior boundaries of the reservation, where there was to be no liquor sales. The State of Nebraska is violating its own laws. Federal law, and importantly, Treaty law supersedes your county and state laws."
President Brewer peacefully passed through a Nebraska police line and entered the first liquor store on the north side of White Clay. He exited a short time later and the liquor store owner turned his lights off and closed for the night.
President Brewer informed Robbins that he intends to personally ask the four liquor stores to shut down their establishments. "I will continue to march with my relatives on White Clay and Lincoln, Nebraska until then. Alcohol affects so many of our families on the reservation. These liquor stores have profited long enough on our misery!"
Future peaceful round dances are planned for the future.
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Toni Red Cloud – OST Public Relations (605) 407-9909
Jorge Castillo – Alcohol Justice (213) 840-3336
SOURCE Alcohol Justice