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Kevin Abourezk: Oglala leader walks out of Whiteclay meeting

Kevin Abourezk reports on a very short meeting between Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R):
Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer of South Dakota and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman had planned for weeks to get together Monday morning to try to address alcohol sales in Whiteclay and alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

But the meeting ended after fewer than three minutes, and the governor's office and Brewer later traded barbs over whose fault that was.

“I feel very bad that I came down here to talk with him for a couple minutes,” Brewer said. “He didn't want to talk to me.”

The tribal leader said he walked out because Heineman was aggressive and said Brewer violated the governor's request to meet without media involvement. He said the governor had asked him to not speak to the media before their meeting.

However, both Brewer and Heineman spoke to reporters in the days and hours leading up to their meeting.

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Kevin Abourezk: Governor, tribal president talk for just 2 minutes (The Lincoln Journal Star 7/9)

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