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Alcohol Prohibition Activist Arrested

It’s called the Deep Green Resistance but, judging by their website, the connect with alcohol prohibition isn’t readily apparent. On the other hand, they mention supporting various overt and covert actions. Perhaps the incident that led to the arrest of an advocate for the group is operating under the radar.

In any case, the Journal Star reported that T.R. McKenzie was arrested this week on an outstanding warrant. At the time of the arrest, McKenzie was about to file a complaint with the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission about a store in Whiteclay. The warrant was for a previous alleged incident involving interfering with a beer delivery and the slashing of truck tires. McKenzie denies being involved although others from DGR may have been.

The purpose of this particular set of protests is to stop alcohol sales in Whiteclay. Sheridan County Sheriff Terry Robins alleges that activists told a beer truck driver to leave town, flashing a knife. They then destroyed beer containers and cut the truck’s front tires. None of this has been proven in court.

Alcohol is a problem in parts of Nebraska and is seen by the group as an attack on Indians. They may have a case, since problems with alcohol consumption and the destruction of families it causes is much higher in native American populations.

The complaint (which was eventually filed by another DGR member) says the beer store owner provided baseball bats and instructed men to beat up a couple of activists who were walking toward Whiteclay. If the charge holds up after investigation by the Liquor Control Board, which is duty bound to investigate complaints, the store could lose its liquor license, which would be a victory for DGR.

Whether prohibition of alcohol in Whiteclay will succeed is an entirely different story. Certainly no one things violent confrontation from either side will do much, other than keep the police and courts busy. In communities that forbid alcohol, it’s the ballot box and not knives or baseball bats, that eventually decides such matters. As it should be.

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