In North Dakota, the federally-recognized Spirit Lake Tribe has reportedly postponed a controversial vote on whether to permit the sale and consumption of alcohol within its Spirit Lake Casino And Resort in order to conduct a “further review” into the issue.
According to a report from the local Devils Lake Journal newspaper, the vote on whether to authorize alcohol inside the Benson County casino was scheduled to take place on Tuesday but has now been deferred by the Spirit Lake Tribal Council until the group’s next meeting, the date of which has not yet been released.
The newspaper reported that the Spirit Lake Tribe’s 317,200-acre reservation some 96 miles west of the city of Grand Forks has been an alcohol-free zone since a vote decades ago and many residents have objected to any moves at reversing this teetotal policy.
However, those in favor of permitting alcohol to be sold inside the Sioux tribe’s casino have cited the chance to increase revenues, which could allow the property to expand and add new employees. Proponents had additionally committed to setting aside a percentage of the profits from the sale of alcohol in order to fund a new on-reservation alcohol and drug rehabilitation center.