Well-known lawyers lined up for Whiteclay showdown

Owners of Whiteclay’s four beer stores and the activists who want them closed have enlisted well-known attorneys in advance of a spring showdown at the state Capitol.

The stores will be asked to show in a formal hearing in April that the tiny, unincorporated village in northwest Nebraska has adequate law enforcement to support four businesses selling millions of cans of beer and malt liquor each year.

Much of that beer goes to residents of South Dakota’s nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is banned.