Oglala Sioux Tribe puts an end to alcohol blockade
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota arrested at least four activists who set up a blockade in order to stop the flow of alcohol into the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Citing safety concerns, tribal police officers stepped in shortly after the blockade went up around 11am on Thursday. The incident eventually devolved into a shouting match as Duane Martin Sr. of the Strong Heart Civil Rights Movement and American Indian Movement activist Russell Means were arrested following a scuffle.

Three more activists -- including Frank LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska - were also arrested without incident. All were charged with disorderly conduct.

The reservation is dry but residents can go to the border town of Whiteclay, just across the Nebraska state line, to purchase beer.

Get the Story:
Tribal police break up alcohol blockade (The Rapid City Journal 6/29)
Tribal police break up attempted beer blockade, arrest three (AP 6/29)

Whiteclay Series:
Standing at the Crossroads (Lincoln Journal Star June 2005)

Relevant Links:
Oglala Sioux Tribe - http://www.lakotamall.com/oglalasiouxtribe
Nebraskans for Peace - http://www.nebraskansforpeace.org

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