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Ricketts: Closing Whiteclay stores won’t fix alcohol issues

Ricketts: Closing Whiteclay stores won’t fix alcohol issues

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he doubts the closure of
four beer stores on the state border will fix the alcohol-related problems on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Ricketts said Monday that addressing the issue will likely require action within the reservation, which is home to the Oglala Lakota Nation.

The Nebraska Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday that upheld a state commission’s decision not to renew the stores’ licenses in the village of Whiteclay.  The stores’ alcohol sales have long  been blamed  for social and economic problems in Whiteclay and on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Ricketts notes that Nebraska’s state government helped pay demolition costs for two abandoned buildings in Whiteclay.

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