DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The Spirit Lake Tribal Council is considering allowing alcohol sales at the Sioux tribe’s casino.

Alcohol has been banned on the reservation for decades. But tribal leaders are considering allowing the casino to serve alcohol on the gambling floor and during events such as weddings and conferences at the casino’s steakhouse.

A portion of the revenue from alcohol sales might go toward funding an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center on the reservation.

A council vote scheduled Tuesday was postponed to provide time for additional review, the Devils Lake Journal (http://bit.ly/2rhMIVu ) reported. The council said it would discuss the matter at the next general assembly.

Opponents of the proposal gathered Wednesday in Fort Totten to express their concerns about introducing alcohol back onto the reservation. But those in favor of the plan said revenue stream from the alcohol sales could also be used to expand the casino and hire more employees.

The vote is expected to be rescheduled by the council’s next meeting.

The Spirit Lake Nation Reservation was established in 1867 by a treaty between the United States and the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Bands, according to the tribe’s website. It located in east-central North Dakota.


Information from: Devils Lake Journal, http://www.devilslakejournal.com