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Pine Ridge Liberation Day Event Turns Into Alcohol-Related Showdown in Whiteclay Nebraska, Says Alcohol Justice

Oglala Sioux Demand an End to Illegal Alcohol Sales Activity Harming Their People


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PINE RIDGE, S.D.,
March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Alcohol Justice is reporting that
a serious confrontation over illegal alcohol activity occurred last night on the
border between Whiteclay Nebraska and the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation
in South Dakota. 

 

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“We have so many strong sober relatives that the
only option is to continue to heal,”

stated activist
Olowan Martinez. “We no longer hide our spirituality, we no longer walk in
shame of who we are. An escape from the slavery of alcohol is now occurring and
soon the mind of the Oglala Lakota will also be liberated.”

 

Eyewitness reports state a Round Dance
celebration for Liberation Day 2013 (in recognition of the 1973 Wounded Knee
Occupation) turned into a showdown between Nebraska state troopers and Native
Oglala Lakota activists working to end destructive alcohol use when Nebraska
State troopers walked onto Pine Ridge sovereign land. They warned Bryan Brewer
Sr., Oglala Sioux Tribal President, that if he stepped into Nebraska he would be
charged with trespassing.

 

A state trooper performed an alcohol Breathalyzer
test on Whiteclay Nebraska Sheriff Terry Robbins due to his behavior and results
were not made public. Over a hundred Oglala Lakota marched into the town of
Whiteclay forcing the state troopers to withdraw from the area. Tribal President
Bryan Brewer Sr. stated that “…on Friday March 1st, activists will return
with five times as many people to shut down Whiteclay.”

 

25% of Pine Ridge Reservation youth suffer from
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

 

2/3 of Pine Ridge Reservation adults suffer from
alcoholism.

 

What:  Liberation Day 2013 Rally to end illegal
alcohol activity in Whiteclay Nebraska

 

When:  Friday, March 1, 2013 

 

Where:  Border of Pine Ridge South Dakota and Whiteclay
Nebraska

 

Who:  Representatives from:           

 

  • Oglala Lakota Nation

  • Deep Green Resistance

  • Community Supporters

 

Why: To stop the illegal alcohol activity at
Whiteclay, Nebraska such as
:      

 

  • Retailer participation in
    alcohol smuggling into the Pine Ridge Reservation

  • Trade of alcohol for sex

  • Loitering at the premises
    of alcohol retailers with open containers

  • The inability of Nebraska
    Liquor Commission to stop illegal retailer activity

  • Recent homicides and
    physical violence

  • Alcohol sales to
    minors                                                                  

  • Alcohol sales to
    intoxicated people
     

Media Availability: 
For more info or to
schedule interviews, contact Jorge Castillo, Advocacy Director, Alcohol Justice
213 840-3336.

 

Contact: Olowan Martinez 605 899-0044
Autumn Two Bulls 605 441-7369
Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336

 

SOURCE  Alcohol Justice

Pine Ridge Liberation Day Event Turns Into Alcohol-Related Showdown in Whiteclay Nebraska, Says Alcohol Justice