Update: Pine Ridge Reservation Votes To End Prohibition

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

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 of alcoholism.

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 said workers on Wednesday checked each of those ballots to confirm they were cast by registered voters living on the reservation. He said after that process was complete, the result was 1,871 for legalization and 1,679 against.

Prohibition had prompted many who live on the reservation to cross the border and buy alcohol in nearby Whiteclay, Nebraska.

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