Whiteclay Man Loses Liquor License

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The owner of one of four beer-selling stores in the border town of Whiteclay has lost his liquor license after being convicted of a felony.

Arrowhead Inn owner Don Schwarting had his license revoked March 8 by the state Liquor Control Commission.

It was revoked because he was convicted in September of selling used cars without a license. That is a felony.

State law prohibits anyone convicted of a felony from holding a liquor license.

Schwarting has asked for a rehearing before the commission at its April 22 meeting.

Commission Director Hobert Rupe said that Schwarting also wants to have the liquor license transferred to his son, Jason.

Jason Schwarting works at the store and declined comment Thursday.

Don Schwarting did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The store can still sell alcohol while the appeal is pending.

Advocates have pushed for years to shut down the beer stores which cater to American Indians who live across the border in the Pine Ridge reservation.