Whiteclay Activist Arrested While Filing Complaint

whiteclay-protests(AP) — A group that opposes alcohol sales in Whiteclay is alleging that one of its beer store owners gave baseball bats and a stick to men who frequent the town, and told them to attack the protesters’ encampment on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

One of those activists was arrested Friday in Lincoln on charges that he vandalized a beer truck in the Nebraska border town. Authorities say 33-year-old Timothy R. McKenzie Jr., of Jefferson, S.D., was arrested on a warrant out of Sheridan County, Neb.

McKenzie alleges in a letter to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission that Jason Schwarting, owner of the Arrowhead Inn, told men in Whiteclay to attack the nearby encampment.

An Arrowhead Inn employee disputed the allegations, but says Schwarting was not immediately available for comment

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    I don`t quite understand the fuss at Whiteclay. The store owners are legal and properly licensed to sell beer etc. If the Tribal police on the reservation cannot control their people why should the Nebraska residents do it? I understand that many of the Indians are alcoholics and if Whiteclay is shut down, they will just go somewhere else to procure their alcohol. Possibly driving and causing accidents. I have absolutely no problems with the Indians but can`t see how Nebraska should be penalized for their actions.

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