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Protestors to Gather in Whiteclay to Stop Beer Sales

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A protest targeting the sale of beer intended for transfer into the Pine Ridge reservation is being planned for Monday night in the town of Whiteclay.

Two Native American groups said Sunday that they will try to prevent alcohol sold in Nebraska from reaching the Pine Ridge reservation where alcohol is banned.

The Oglala Lakota Women and Deep Green Resistance groups say they will set up a blockade on the reservation's southern border between Whiteclay and Pine Ridge starting at 9 p.m. Monday.

Alcohol sales in the town of Whiteclay have long been a concern for the Oglala Sioux Tribe because alcoholism and poverty are rampant on the reservation.

"We do this to save the lives of our relatives who cannot defend themselves against the harms of alcohol due to the inability of the state of Nebraska to properly police illegal retailer alcohol sales and activities in the town of Whiteclay," stated activist Olowan Martinez.

"We do this to prevent abuses of all forms from reaching into our sacred homes and to show our future generations how to protect our homeland by any means necessary," added Martinez.

Whiteclay, with the population of roughly a dozen people, sold the equivalent of 4.3 million 12-ounce cans of beer last year.

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