(S.D.)-Grocery Store Still Closed, Employees Say They Need Their Paychecks
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - The Oglala Sioux tribe's president
has filed a second injunction prohibiting the reopening of the
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation's sole grocery store because of
worries that some tribal members will protest and get hurt if it
were to reopen.
The store has been closed for a week after allegations that the
store was selling outdated meat.
President John Yellow Bird Steele's spokeswoman, Donna Salomon,
confirmed the ongoing closure after the Associated Press learned it
from a store employee.
Employee Ramona Vocu says she wants the issue resolved because she needs
her paycheck. She says many of the reservation's residents live paycheck to
paycheck. Residents have had to leave the vast reservation to buy food – a
difficult task for many who don't have cars and elderly tribe members who
can't afford rides off the reservation. Residents getting state aid for food also
are struggling because they can't use the vouchers in Nebraska.
A hearing is set for Tuesday.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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