People in Pine Ridge Village weigh in on legalizing alcohol - KOTA Territory News

People in Pine Ridge Village weigh in on legalizing alcohol

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While you can't buy alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, people who live there still get a hold of it, earning millions for liquor stores that border the area.  That's why some say the reservation should lift the ban.

Earlier this week, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council decided to allow the public to vote. While no date has been set for an election, almost everyone we talked to had an opinion.

Some think it should be sold so the Tribe can profit from the sale instead of people off of the reservation, particularly in Whiteclay, Nebraska. "We need to legalize it in order for our people to prosper," Latonna Plenty Wolf said.  Others say it will only make the situation worse. "Our crime rate will rise and I think it's going to be bad for this reservation," Ashley Two Two said.
 
Also, at the latest council meeting, members voted to install checkpoints at a few of the reservation entrances to keep alcohol out.  It's not clear when those will be erected.

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