Oglala Sioux Tribe President Arrested in White Clay, Taken to Jail in Rushville, Nebraska

For background and context see Deep Green Resistance Camp at White Clay May 2013 | Press Release: TR McKenzie of DGR Great Plains Arrested

By Levi Rickert

WHITE CLAY, NEBRASKA – Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer was arrested today 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.

President Brewer arrest in Whiteclay
Oglala Sioux Nation President Brewer being harassed before 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.

Only President Brewer was arrested today out all the protesters.

President Brewer arrest in Whiteclay

President Brewer arrest in Whiteclay

President Brewer arrest in Whiteclay

President Brewer arrest in Whiteclay