Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents. Discussion »
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION Oglala Sioux Tribe's President Bryan Brewer has taken to his facebook account today to urge his tribal citizens to vote no on today's referendum on whether or not to allow the sales of alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
President Brewer has led protests in White Clay, Nebraska and even attempted to be meet with governor of Nebraska to curtail White Clay businesses selling alcohol to Oglala Sioux tribal citizens.
Here is President Brewer's posting:
The federal government has a trust responsibility to protect our people; yet they have sat back and watched our people die and destroy themselves with alcohol. Our tribal government has also sat back and watched this all happen and have done nothing to stop this.
There should have been a war against alcohol, but we all sit back and watch it. The treaty groups have done nothing to stop it. Most of our healthcare monies go to the people who have problems with alcohol, while our sick cannot receive services.
We can stop this and heal our communities if our people could ever unite. We know the alcohol use will only go up and the abuse of our women and children will increase. I know in my heart we can all heal and stop this cycle without selling alcohol. Let's not give up and force the federal government, tribal government and public safety to honor our laws.
This is only my opinion and I pray you vote NO today. Wopila
posted August 13, 2013 12:45 pm edt