Oglala Sioux president arrested in Whiteclay

2013-06-17T13:27:00Z 2014-06-24T23:28:34Z Oglala Sioux president arrested in WhiteclayLincoln Journal Star and Journal staff Rapid City Journal

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.”

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  1. Merlyn Schutterle
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    Merlyn Schutterle - June 26, 2014 10:41 am
    You are a wise one, White Dog.
  2. BigSky
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    BigSky - July 11, 2013 4:54 am
    More grandstanding. The Nebraska State Patrol should have rounded up the protestors who were loitering outside a legal place of business.
  3. Born2fish
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    Born2fish - June 21, 2013 7:08 am
    If the natives really want to stop White Clay? Then put them out of business and sell the heavily sought after beer on the reservation.
  4. Ruth69
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    Ruth69 - June 18, 2013 4:02 pm
    In 1956 my high school American history teacher shook his head when explaining that first the U.S. government forbade alcohol on the reservations, but then when the Indians had a choice, they did it to themselves. If they'd sell it where they live, they ould better control their underage drinking problem and certainly curtail drunken driving deaths from the trips back from White Clay. Prohibition never worked (the reason for the 21st Amendment)!
  5. Braves Fan
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    Braves Fan - June 18, 2013 11:52 am
    They should take a hint from the US/Mexico border. Strip search cars stop any and all cars coming back from White Clay to Pine Ridge. I can guarantee no one on the council will want to fork over the extra cash to pay their police officers to do that. If they do that then OMG will problems be solved?? YES!! They think by bomb-barding White Clay will stop the problem? No its the people going back in they need to stop. DUUUUH
  6. Observer
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    Observer - June 18, 2013 7:55 am
    I don't see negative comments here, I see comments that suggest getting to the root of the problem and to stop blaming others. If you can't understand this the problem will never be solved.
  7. thatonelady
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    thatonelady - June 18, 2013 2:27 am
    wow good job,, No Fear thats the kind of leadership that is needed.. right on
  8. sliver
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    sliver - June 17, 2013 9:40 pm
    I agree, as a recovering alcoholic also of 27 yrs...it's not the chemical, it's the person using it. I watch people walking to White Clay to get their fix, and watch young people in Pine Ridge hanging around but yet, not disabled...and wonder, why can't they be working. I feel the tribe needs to put efforts into getting companies to come in and employ people. A working man, is a happy man! Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day...teach him how to fish and he can have food for a lifetime.
  9. willrc
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    willrc - June 17, 2013 8:57 pm
    small minded people, most people think they're a joke, it's either ur with em or against em, no in between, I follow the chief of the tribe and if the" president" got arrested for a bounced check, than congrats for making that office a joke, the true leadership would never lower themselves to this.
  10. counting
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    counting - June 17, 2013 7:21 pm
    Must be something with having the title of President that causes the inability to only spend what you have. Ironic.
  11. shunkaska
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    shunkaska - June 17, 2013 6:57 pm
    As an Alcoholic, the problem is not the liquor store we have in my community, it is my problem , my battle to win if I want. Anyone with an ounce of knowledge about this addiction knows a geographic relocation of the source of alcohol has no effect on the over all problem. I respect Magaska, but I stand on the other side of this fence, 24yrs sober I have seen the inside the horrors of this topic, I also have seen the sobriety take hold on an honest attempt...blaming White Clay is like blaming the pencil for the wrong answer...
  12. BeenThere2
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    BeenThere2 - June 17, 2013 6:57 pm
    Why should a town be leveled?? Why not build a 10 foot wall around the rez??? Why isn't that on your list of options??? Why punish the entire world for the acts of the few criminals who buy alcohol and bring it on the rez? Oh right..... I forget... that would mean holding the criminals responsible for their actions instead of blaming others for what they do.
  13. BeenThere2
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    BeenThere2 - June 17, 2013 6:51 pm
    Brush away the facts all you wish.... You cannot change the facts that the tribe is corrupt from within and you cannot change its affects on the world around it until it changes from within. But then, blaming everyone else has been a historic practice. Good luck with that!
  14. mammie2013
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    mammie2013 - June 17, 2013 6:07 pm
    I think its stupid most of them aim people drink themselves and they should be putting things on for the youth and the people not sitting at the border making us ppl look stupid. Most everyone drinks on this rez. . We could do alot for the people if they okay alcohol sales we would be making all that money whiteclay is making maybe we could get ourselves out of debt with the other tribes.......JS
  15. West River
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    West River - June 17, 2013 5:32 pm
    Better get down there and get arrested too.

    Then where you going next to Gordon, NE, Oelricks, SD or how about Rapid City, SD.
    They all sell alcohol and Native Americans haul it by the car load back to the reservation.

    White Clay, NE is not on the reservation. If "poseses alcohhal" on Pine Ridge reservation is against the law - - - - -Then arrest the Native Americans who bring it back on the reservation. Kick them off the reservation.

  16. honda_civic07
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    honda_civic07 - June 17, 2013 5:02 pm
    @ Magaska, These protests are a waste of time. The beer company is not breaking any laws by delivering beer to the store in White Clay Nebraska. That city is not on the reservation therefore tribal members have no reason being there nor do they have the right to blockade the trucks let alone threaten one driver with a knife and then run back across the border like a coward. Also, Why should the Nebraska Highway Patrol and Government leaders be ashamed of themselves? Yes, it is illegal to possess alcohol on the reservation but tribal members still decide to drink on their own accord. The Nebraska Highway Patrol also has no jurisdiction once the vehicles cross the line onto the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I understand you are trying to keep alcohol off the Reservation and out of teens hands but its a losing battle you are fighting. Also, Last time I checked you have no say in where another state sells alcohol no matter how close it is to the reservation. Have a great day.Joe
  17. Black Hawk
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    Black Hawk - June 17, 2013 4:56 pm
    For years, there have been stereotypes of Native Americans and alcohol. Hollywood created the idea that one drink created Indians who became sub-human. The same stereotypes were created for the Black population. The myth that these races are weak and can't control themselves continues today. I feel that Native Americans need to move beyond the myth. Not everyone on the reservation is an alcoholic or going to become one. Native culture needs to move beyond the "fire water" myth and take personal responsibility. I hope this isn't received as a negative comment because change can be a positive thing.
  18. Magaska
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    Magaska - June 17, 2013 3:25 pm
    "United Urban Warrior Society" stands in 100% Unity and Solidarity with the Tribal president!...
    No matter what anyone says...Its against the law to poseses alcohhal on Pine Ridge Reservation....Until the law is changed it remains the Law...The Nebraska State Patrol and Government leaders should be ashamed of thereself...Knowing this....I hope the whole Sioux Nation Stands up agaist White Clay..This whole town needs to be leveled...For those who just want to post negitive comments, If you cant sign your real name to your message...It dont mean anything....Have a great day James "Magaska" Swan
  19. Hanstara
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    Hanstara - June 17, 2013 3:14 pm
    If it was not alcohol it would be something else... I think this is a big waste of time.. Taking alcohol out of White Clay is the equivalent of saying a spoon and fork made me fat...
  20. Observer
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    Observer - June 17, 2013 2:24 pm
    Yeah, because stopping the problem at the source is overrated.
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