The Sheridan County Sheriff’s office arrested Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer 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.
Brewer was arrested on an outstanding warrant for writing a bad check issued in March 2012.
After his arrest, Brewer paid $191 to cover the check, plus a $10 fee and was released, according to the Sheridan County Attorney's Office.
Olowan Martinez, an Oglala activist, said Brewer was arrested outside Arrowhead Inn, a beer store in Whiteclay. More than 50 protesters remained outside the store Monday afternoon, attempting to stop beer trucks from delivering beer 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.”