Posted 10 months ago
By John Axtell
Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Colonel David Sankey says he is concerned about the escalation of violence in Whiteclay over alcohol sales in the unincorporated community bordering the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Protestors have twice in as many weeks vandalized beer trucks from two Scottsbluff distributors making deliveries to the 4 stores in Whiteclay with liquor licenses…threatening one of the drivers with a knife.
Anti-alcohol activists have protested periodically in Whiteclay for more than a decade, but Sankey says nearly all of those were peaceful…making the recent beer truck incidents an even bigger issue.
He says the State Patrol will be working with the Sheridan County Sheriff’s office to provide a law enforcement presence when beer deliveries are made while continuing its investigation into the earlier incidents.
Colonel Sankey says the patrol is working on the cases with agencies on both side of the border, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the reservation, with no arrests yet.
He also says the protestors appear to be young members of AIM…the American Indian Movement…mostly from outside the area and who have the backing of tribal leaders on the reservation.