Dave Domina, lawyer for the Sheridan County citizens who protested the
liquor licenses, reacted to the Nebraska Supreme Court’s decision
to keep the stores closed.
“Today’s Nebraska Supreme Court decision means that the shame
of Whiteclay is over. It also means huge rocks have been removed from
the road to recovery for many of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation and the
Pine Ridge Reservation,”
Attorney David Domina with Frank LaMere after the ruling.
Citizen protests led the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission conduct a formal
trial, reacted to the Nebraska Supreme Court’s decision to keep
four Whiteclay beer stores closed. The ruling was made today. It remands
the case to the District Court which failed to hear the case on the merits
Domina added, “The Supreme Court’s ruling is on legal issues.
But the underlying concern, as is so often true of the law’s technical
issues, is about ending pernicious beer sales among vulnerable Native
The Sheridan County citizens who protested are: Abram Neumann, Lori Hankinson
and Barb & David Vancil.
Liquor Control Commission Decision April 19, 2017.
Abram Neumann expressed the group’s excitement about the Supreme
“We see signs of change and improvement. There is optimism about
the future. Whiteclay NE and Pine Ridge SD can beat alcohol addiction.
There is much to do.”
The Supreme Court’s ruling permanently shuts down the beer stores
which sold approximately 4 million cans of beer annually in the unincorporated
community of 14 persons.
You can read the ruling here (PDF).