Jeffrey Whalen: Oglala Sioux vice president was arrested
Thursday, February 23, 2012
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PINE RIDGE, SOUTH DAKOTA –– Oglala Sioux Tribe Vice President Tom Poor
Bear was arrested over the weekend for public intoxication.
After a police search for old warrants came up positive, Poor Bear had
to sit in jail with no bond. He arrived at the Pine Ridge courthouse
in an orange-and-white inmate jumpsuit, after being transported there
by the inmate bus.
Poor Bear is a first-time vice president for the OST. He has served
several terms as a council member from the Eagle Nest District,
eventually winning the vice presidency in a landslide victory over
Myron Pourier. There is no doubt that Tom is a darn good guy, but he
struggles with a problem that a majority of our membership also
struggles to keep under control: the evils of alcohol consumption.
It’s ironic because Tom has been on more than several marches against
the alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Neb...
Police chief confirms alcohol arrest of Oglala Vice President
Crime/Justice - Criminal Cases
By Kristi Eaton
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) March 2012
The chief of police of an American Indian tribe that is suing some of
the world’s largest beer makers for contributing to rampant alcoholism
confirmed that the tribe’s vice president was arrested in an alcohol-
The arresting officer noted in the report that Poor Bear had “the odor
of intoxicants on his breath” and bloodshot eyes. His blood-alcohol
content was listed at .306, nearly quadruple the legal limit for
driving a car.
“I think he was arrested for liquor violation and impeding an officer,
but of course, like anything else, he’s innocent until proven guilty
in a court of law,” Greenwald said. He said the liquor violation
either means Poor Bear was in possession of alcohol or had been
consuming alcohol. Both are banned on the reservation.