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CRST ABC Committee denies City of Eagle Butte liquor license

On December 30, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Alcohol Beverage Control or ABC Committee, chaired by Ted Knife Jr., denied issuing the City a tribal liquor license for 2016.

The city was allowed to continue sale of alcohol at the City Package Liquor and at the Lakeside Golf Course until midnight on December 31, 2015 at which time the former license expired.

A copy of a stipulation order posted on the City of Eagle Butte’s Facebook page from the ABC Committee, read that the two parties agreed to continue a hearing on Thursday, January 7, 2016.

Two bars in downtown Eagle Butte, which purchases it’s liquor from the city will not be affected by this order and can continue to operate.

The order was signed by Michael Whalen, the City Attorney for Eagle Butte, Steven Gunn, counsel for the Tribe, and by Ted Knife, Jr., Chairman of the ABC Committee.

The City of Eagle Butte held a Special Meeting at noon on Monday, January 4 to discuss the matter.  The council met in executive session from 12:12 p.m until 1:29 p.m. where they temporarily adjourned until the evening. On Monday afternoon, city officials attended a meeting with Tribal officials and Tri-County Water Association.

The special meeting reconvened on Monday evening at 5:30 for an hour and a half executive session with Whalen. Following, the council passed a motion allowing Whalen to draft a counter offer in the ongoing negotiations between the Tribe and Tri-County Water Association.

The three entities have been entangled in a lawsuit over service territory and encroachment since August of 2013, when the City of Eagle Butte sued Tri-County Water. The tribe later joined as a party to the suit against the city.