OST president arrested during beer blockade - KOTA Territory News

OST president says arrest will not deter work


    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota says his recent arrest during a protest against alcohol sales in the Nebraska border town of Whiteclay won't deter him from voicing his disapproval of the possibility of allowing alcohol on the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
    Bryan Brewer was arrested Monday during a protest in Whiteclay on an outstanding warrant for writing a bad check.
    Brewer says he hopes his arrest will encourage tribal members to talk about an upcoming referendum vote and its possible effects on the reservation. The tribal council earlier this month approved a public referendum on whether to legalize alcohol on the reservation.
    Brewer says tribal members need ``to take a hard look at what alcohol has done and is doing to our community.''

Here is a copy of letter sent to media:

On Monday, June 17, 2013, I was participating in a peaceful protest in White Clay, Nebraska.  During that protest I was arrested and released a short time later. Yes, I was arrested but the real focus needs to remain on the effects of alcohol on our people, on our families, and on our reservation. With this pending referendum vote on the legalization of alcohol, we as Oglalas need to take a hard look at what alcohol has done and is doing to our community. We need to really think about what our communities will be like if alcohol is legalized on this reservation.


The arrest does not deter me from continuing protesting in White Clay, why should we stop? Alcohol doesn't stop! My arrest only helps bring to light these issues and helps all of us to begin talking about the referendum vote, effects of alcohol and what we really want for our people.


Lastly, I want to say a special thank you to the many people who went into White Clay. I hope people understand that we are doing this for our children."

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