Critics, defenders of Whiteclay beer sales testify at hearing; 4 stores reapplying for liquor licenses
RUSHVILLE, Neb. — Continuing beer sales in the notorious border village of Whiteclay, Nebraska, would not only be immoral but would violate state liquor laws, a rural county board was told Thursday.
“This would be the most courageous decision you ever make if you decide to deny the (liquor) licenses,” a Native American activist, Frank LaMere, told the Sheridan County Board.
But the four beer-only liquor stores — which sell the equivalent of 3.5 million cans of beer a year, almost all to residents of the impoverished, and officially dry, Pine Ridge Reservation — had plenty of supporters, too.