Reposted from the Rapid City Journal.
“Pine Ridge Indian Reservation residents who started an unofficial alcohol checkpoint outside of the Nebraska border town of Whiteclay on Wednesday night got some help from tribal law enforcement.
At 6 p.m., a group of about 25 people assembled outside Whiteclay, wearing American Indian Movement security shirts, began to stop and search vehicles traveling from the reservation to the town and back.
The effort was “one of many attempts to keep alcohol off our homeland” Olowan Martinez of Porcupine said. “These people are making hundreds of thousands of dollars off our people,” he said, referring to business owners who sell alcohol at Whiteclay stores.
Reservation police initially tried to stop the group’s roadblock about 9 p.m., saying it violated drivers’ personal rights, but after the protesters reported seeing a number of alcohol violations, police began to stop and check vehicles traveling to the reservation from Whiteclay.
Within minutes, tribal police had arrested a driver and passenger for alcohol offenses, as well as a protester for an outstanding warrant.
Nebraska law enforcement officers monitored the roadblock from their side of the state line.
Members of Deep Green Resistance, an environmental group based in California, were in Whiteclay to support the roadblock efforts. Members of that group also participated in last month’s alcohol protest in Whiteclay.”
More information will be posted soon about the outcome of our court appearance and the actions in Whiteclay afterward. Check out the story on rapidcityjournal.com for more pictures.
Kate Thunder Hawk stands on S.D. Highway 87 on the border of White Clay, Neb., participating in a protest attempting to stop people smuggling alcohol onto Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.