Marching on Whiteclay: Oglala Lakota Activists, President Brewer and Supporters Continue Alcohol Protest
On February 27th tribal citizens on the Pine Ridge reservation celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Occupation of Wounded Knee with American Indian Movement members in attendance that led to an activist march on the nearby town of Whiteclay, Nebraska.
During the celebration, Frank Lamere, shared a story about being arrested with the late Russell Means in 1999 during a march against alcohol sales on the same town, some 60 activists of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and the Deep Green Resistance organization convened on Wednesday night. This time two bars closed for the night due to the protest being held outside.
Then on Thursday, February 28, about 100 activists including Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer Sr. was confronted by Sheridan County Sheriff Terry Robbins who allegedly warned Brewer that if he stepped into Nebraska he would be charged with trespassing according to an Alcohol Justice press release.
Brewer who was at the center of a round dance shortly before the confrontation told thellastrealindians.com, “[A]ll this is going on in the midst of our Liberation Days and fortunately no one was arrested and we did succeed in closing White Clay despite a large number of Nebraska Highway Patrol and Sheriff Personnel. As a matter of fact, I had a confrontation with Sheriff Terry Robbins. He appeared to be under the influence of something.”
Alcohol Justice states that the Nebraska State troopers performed an alcohol Breathalyzer test on Robbins but the results were not made public.
"We have so many strong sober relatives that the only option is to continue to heal," stated activist Olowan Martinez in the press release. "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."
Liberation Day events are continuing today in Pine Ridge, and another march is planned for the third night in a row.
The video below was filmed during the march on February 28: