Whiteclay NE – Beer should no longer flow in Whiteclay, Nebraska state regulators have decided. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission decided Wednesday to deny licenses to the four beer stores in the alcohol-soaked outpost in northwest Nebraska. The small town is only a few miles from from the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Commissioners voted unanimously, 3-0, to deny the licenses according to Rapid City Journal.
“This is not a place that can exist any longer,” said commission Chairman Bob Batt of Omaha, who moved to deny the licenses. “This is not a place that can exist as a purveyor of alcohol at all.”
Cheers and applause broke out in the cramped hearing room at the State Office Building, where activists gathered to hear the decision.
“We’ve never come this far,” said former Oglala Lakota President Bryan Brewer. “I’m just so happy for our people.”
The beer stores — which also face allegations from the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office of selling to bootleggers — will almost certainly appeal the decision.
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