As for alcohol, the issue appears to be just as contentious. President Julian Bear Runner is against it, according to a post on social media. "When our people vote on whether to allow alcohol onto our homelands, my vote will be NO," Bear Runner said in encouraging a "NO" vote at the polls this Tuesday. In the past, tribal leaders have been vocal about the sale of liquor in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, which is right outside the border of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Many believed non-Indian businesses purposed targeted and exploited Indian people for decades while authorities ignored violations of the law in the small community. Sales were eventually halted in 2017. Tribal voters approved liquor sales in 2013 but the outcome was not accepted by tribal leadership. A follow-up vote in 2016 was called off at the last minute.
"When our people vote on whether to allow alcohol onto our homelands, my vote will be NO" Thank you to the Horse Nation, riders and support. No to Alcohol on March 10, 2020 (7am-7pm mst)Posted by Julian Bear Runner, Oglala Sioux Tribe President on Monday, February 24, 2020
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