Breaking News: Oglala Sioux Tribe President Arrested During Protest in White Clay

18 Jun
Oglala Sioux President Brewer being harassed before arrest.

Oglala Sioux President Brewer being harassed before arrest.

by Levi Rickert / Native News Network

WHITE CLAY, NEBRASKA – Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer was arrested today [June 17] in White Clay, Nebraska.

It was not immediately known what he is charged with at press time. He was reportedly taken to Rushville, Nebraska for booking, according to Toni Red Cloud, public relations director of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, who talked to the Native News Network just after the arrest.

Several dozen Oglala Sioux tribal members were in the border town of White Clay to protest the sale of alcohol. The protest began as a walk into White Clay. A sheriff deputy asked the crowd to allow a beer truck through the road.

When the protesters did not move fast enough, security and police officers moved. One deputy began shouting at President Brewer and pointing his finger in the president’s face prior to President Brewer being arrested.

White Clay, Nebraska, is just over border from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It is a small town of 14 people, but sells almost five million cans of 12 oz. beer annually.

Last week, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council on Tuesday, June 11, passed a resolution that allows for a referendum to have tribal citizens living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to decide if sales of alcohol should be legal.

President Brewer was threatened with arrest when he led some 100 tribal members in a protest at White Clay in March, 2013.

[Of all the protesters, ] only President Brewer was arrested.

For more on the long standing Oglala Sioux protests to alcohol sales at White Clay, check out Crazy Horse was a Sober Warrior by Russ McSpadden of Earth First! News

3 Responses to “Breaking News: Oglala Sioux Tribe President Arrested During Protest in White Clay”

  1. Lesley Clarkson June 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    hopefully he intended to get arrested. this is the decision we make each morning when conducting civil disobedience, will I get arrested today. Ask your comrades in the morning, did you come here to get arrested. the warrant was for bounce-checks and he was release after paying up. Good Man, but an arrest is more effective if the record is clean. 12 to 20 is an optimum arrest mass. there are plenty of people that come together for mass arrests, we have the means. bail will be posted, but you do not want to be alone in the jail. Be Brave

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