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Families rally against the vote to legalize alcohol on Pine Ridge

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Families from Oglala to Pine Ridge walked together on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in an effort to make a stand against the recent vote to legalize alcohol.

With signs in tow, the group walked 15 miles, in sweltering heat, with four stops along the way.  Students from the Loneman and Red Cloud schools joined in on the cause.

It was organized by the parents of children who expressed anger and frustration that their future will be jeopardized.

"When the referendum vote came out that evening. My boys were very upset about it. They went through the feelings of fear and then the anger came out. Why did you let it happen," said Oglala resident Patrick Starr.

"We don't want more people to die from these alcohol related incidents. We have every right to protect our future generations," said Oglala resident Regina Brave.

Not everyone walked in Monday's rally.  Some biked or drove alongside in vehicles. Law enforcement followed the group as a precaution.

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