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Injunction filed in Pine Ridge alcohol dispute

Northern Plains News Service

PINE RIDGE -- Two tribal members have taken legal action to halt the recent referendum approving the sale and consumption of alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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Oglala Sioux Tribal Attorney General Tatewin Means said Wednesday that a hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 20 in Oglala Sioux Tribal Court on what she called "the equivalent" of an injunction. Means said two individual and enrolled OST members filed the action against the OST Tribal Council and the OST Election Committee.

A copy of the filing was not available for review as of Wednesday afternoon.

Voters approved the lifting of the ban on alcohol on the reservation Aug. 13 by a vote of 1,871 to 1,679. Immediately following the vote, some tribal members said they would fight to overturn the vote or its implementation.

Since the vote, tribal leaders have discussed how to implement the results but the tribal council has not passed any enacting ordinances.

Meanwhile, protests by tribal members and others continue in Whiteclay, Neb., a village across the reservation border that sells much of the alcohol consumed on Pine Ridge. Alcohol Justice and other activists held a protest Saturday in Whiteclay.