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Tribe votes to allow members to decide whether to legalize alcohol

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

By KEVIN ABOUREZK / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / June 12, 2013

A decision Tuesday to allow the members of a South Dakota tribe to decide whether to legalize alcohol on their reservation has spurred strong opinions on both sides and raised concerns about how the tribe might regulate alcohol sales.

Oglala Sioux tribal leaders and activists have raised fears that legalization of alcohol on the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation could lead to a sharp spike in alcohol abuse and crime, though others argue legalization could help the cash-strapped tribe fund much-needed treatment and youth programs to combat alcoholism and its devastating effects. (more…)