Nebraska Family Alliance has sent the following letter to the Sheridan County Board of Commissioners urging them to recommend that the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission not renew the liquor licenses of the four stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska.
The sale of alcohol in Whiteclay, an unincorporated village of only a dozen residents, has caused severe economic and social ills for decades – both in Whiteclay, located in Sheridan County, and two hundred yards north in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The four liquor stores in Whiteclay are attempting to renew their liquor licenses and continue the predatory sale of alcohol to a vulnerable population. Before this can happen, the Sheridan County Board of Commissioners must give a recommendation to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission (NLCC) to renew or deny the stores request to renew their liquor licenses.
This is a critical juncture in the ongoing mission to help bring peace, justice and healing to Whiteclay and the Pine Ridge Reservation, and the Sheridan County Board’s recommendation will weigh heavily on the NLCC’s pending decision to renew or reject the store’s liquor licenses.
Nate is the Policy Director of Nebraska Family Alliance
January 5, 2017 – Sheridan County Board Public Hearing
In protest of the renewal of liquor licenses for D&S Pioneer Service, State Line Liquor, Jumping Eagle Inn and Arrow Head Inn
Dear Sheridan County Board of Commissioners,
Nebraska Family Alliance (NFA) represents a network of thousands of citizens across our state, including residents in Sheridan County, working to advance, family freedom and life. On behalf of NFA and our network , I respectfully ask that you recommend the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission NOT renew the liquor licenses of the four stores reapplying in Whiteclay.
It is evident that the predatory sale of alcohol from these four liquor stores has led to public endangerment, severe levels of addiction, the erosion of families and the destruction of the general welfare of Whiteclay and the Pine Ridge Reservation.
While a recent report from the Lincoln Journal Star detailed how the sale of alcohol in Whiteclay costs taxpayers tens of millions of dollars annually, the true cost is far greater than any dollar amount. Every day, families and children are hurt by the sale of alcohol from these stores, including the most innocent of all – children still in the womb.
The known national average for fetal alcohol syndrome is less than 2 per 1,000 live births, yet just two hundred yards north of Whiteclay on the Pine Ridge Reservation, this entirely preventable birth defect is diagnosed in at least 1 out of every 4 children.
With three and a half million cans of beer sold each year in Whiteclay, it is obvious that much of the alcohol causing so much devastation on the Pine Ridge Reservation, as well as the very streets of Whiteclay, is coming from these stores.
While the stores sell a legal product, we know what the results of the renewal of these licenses will be: Whiteclay will continue to be a hub for violence, public drunkenness, and bootlegging; victims of addiction will persist in prostituting themselves for money to purchase alcohol; and epidemic rates of alcoholism and fetal alcohol syndrome will never cease to plague the Pine Ridge Reservation.
In addition to the severe economic and social ills these four liquor stores have caused, there is not adequate law enforcement in the area for proper policing and no medical care nearby.
It is our hope that you will consider the innocent families and children suffering because of the sale of alcohol in Whiteclay, and respectfully ask that you recommend the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission not renew the liquor licenses of the four stores reapplying in Whiteclay.
Nebraska Family Alliance