NSP Commander: Violence in Whiteclay a concern

Nebraska's State Patrol Superintendent says he is concerned about the escalation of violence in Whiteclay.

Protestors to the sale of alcohol in the border town near the Pine Ridge Reservation have recently vandalized beer trucks from two Scottsbluff distributors when they were delivering to one of the liquor stores. The protestors even threatened one of the drivers with a knife and Colonel David Sankey says the violence is the reason why these protests compared to peaceful action in the past are a bigger issue.

Sankey says they are trying to work with agencies on both side of the border, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs but no arrests have been made yet. He acknowledges the protestors appear to be American Indian Movement members, mostly from out of state, who have the back of tribal leaders on the reservation.

Sankey says the Patrol will be working with the Sheridan County Sheriff's office to provide a law enforcement presence when the beer deliveries are made

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