The four liquor stores in Whiteclay that sold a more 3.5 million cans of beer a year will remain closed. The Nebraska Supreme Court rejected an effort to resume beer sales in the small unincorporated town. Senator Tom Brewer of Gordon is looking forward to the future of Whiteclay and the wheels will be put in motion today.
Brewer says, “Tonight and tomorrow we start the Whiteclay Summit, interesting timing there but we are going to be meeting with the owners of the new business and some folks that want to start new businesses. We are going to be meeting with tribal leaders from Pine Ridge and starting a new chapter for Whiteclay.” Brewer the University of Nebraska Medical Center is being brought in to help talk through the fetal alcohol syndrome.
Brewer says he took some heat backing the decision close the liquor stores. He says there are probably some places he should wear a bullet-proof vest. He is sure he lost votes over his decision but in the end it was the right decision for Whiteclay and surrounding areas.
It has been a long process. Brewer says, “For over 100 years Whiteclay has been in the situation where it was nothing more than a spot to pump alcohol onto the reservation and for the first time people on both sides of the border feel good about what is happening and where we are going.”