The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission voted to require the four liquor stores in the community of Whiteclay to reapply for a liquor license.
The decision means there will not be an automatic renewal of their licenses.
The four stores are Arrowhead Inn, D & S Pioneer Service, Jumping Eagle Inn, and State Line Liquor.
Commissioners based their decision on testimony last month before a special legislative committee that indicated the area may lack adequate law enforcement.
St. Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks chaired the committee and has been leading the effort to curb alcohol sales in Whiteclay.
“I want to commend the Liquor Control Commission for its vote,” Pansing Brooks stated in a news release. “It is clear to me, through our Interim Study on Whiteclay and through my own communication with other officials, that adequate law enforcement does not exist in that unincorporated area.”
The Pine Ridge Indiana Reservation in South Dakota is just over the border. Residents there are prohibited from having alcohol, so many of them cross into Nebraska to purchase from the four Whiteclay stores.