NE Liquor Control Commission holds Whiteclay liquor licenses hearing

Posted at 9:39 AM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 23:41:08-04

Lawmakers discussed Thursday if the small town of Whiteclay, Nebraska can continue to sell alcohol.

More than 3 million cans of beer are sold in one year in Whiteclay. Most of the buyers are residents from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation just across the border in South Dakota.

Activists want to close the stores citing a history of alcoholism. 

On Thursday, People filled in for a hearing on renewing liquor licenses for the 4 stores selling alcohol in Whiteclay.

The four liquor stores wanting a renewal are, Arrowhead Inn, Jumping Eagle Inn, State Line Liquor, D & S Pioneer Service.

The attorney representing the liquor stores wanted to dismiss this hearing, saying its unconstitutional, however  it was overruled.


UPDATE: The liquor commission listened to several witnesses on Thursday. After 11 hours of testimony the day ended with the four store owners testifying.  

The attorneys will send in written closing statements by next Friday and the commissars could have a decision by May 2nd. 

The four businesses will remain open and operating until a decision is made.  

Follow KMTV reporter Nick Starling for coverage on this hearing.


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