Oglala President urges halt to scheme to 'bootleg' liquor into White Clay
|Oglala President Bryan Brewer
Oglala Sioux Tribe, Office of the President
On July 10, 2013 High Plains Budweiser announced that it would cease to deliver alcohol to the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. This decision marks a significant victory in our efforts to stop the flow of alcohol in to our communities from Whiteclay. In addition, High Plains Budweiser stated that they will only deliver as far as Rushville, Nebraska where vendors from Whiteclay would be expected to pick up their product for themselves and take it to their stores. This practice is illegal, and tantamount to bootlegging.
An alcohol retailer is prohibited by law from acting as its own distributor. There the state of Nebraska, there is a three tier system in place that separates the producer, distributor, and retailer. This system will be circumvented if alcohol is delivered to stores in Whiteclay by the stores owners. This is a violation of law.
I and all people concerned must ask the Nebraska Liquor Commission to uphold their own policies and laws and prevent this from happening. If this is process continues to take place we ask the Liquor Commission to revoke the licenses of those profiting from these illegal alcohol sales.
Residents of Rushville, Nebraska have great cause for concern that their fine community will be used as a tool of the alcohol industry’s bootlegging scheme. I would hope that the Nebraska highway patrol and the Dawes Country Sheriff’s office are also aware of these illegal ploys.
I ask all involved at the community, tribal, state and federal level to take a stand against the illegal bootlegging of alcohol in Whiteclay and that residents of Rushville, Nebraska do not allow these crimes to take place in their community.