Vote to End Prohibition on South Dakota Reservation Passes
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.
(AP) — Native Americans on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
have voted to end prohibition and legalize alcohol so the tribe can use
the profits for education and treatment.
A majority of voters on
Tuesday approved the measure, but the outcome was left hanging because
of 438 challenged ballots that were more than the difference between the
yes and no votes.
Election commission chairman Francis Pumpkin
Seed says workers on Wednesday checked each of those ballots to confirm
they were cast by registered voters living on the reservation.
He says after that process was complete, the result was 1,871 for legalization and 1,679 against.