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PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION On Tuesday, Oglala Sioux Tribal citizen voted on a referendum whether or not to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
After the votes were tallied on Tuesday night, it was determined that the election was too close to call due to the number of challenged votes. The Tribe's Election Committee went through all challenged votes on Wednesday and determined the referendum passed. The announcement came overnight.
This morning Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer released a statement regarding the legalization of alcohol on the Pine Ridge Reservation that passed, according to the final official result from the Election Committee office.
"Good Morning, I'd like to make a statement on the vote on the legalization of alcohol on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Last night I was informed of the official vote, and informed that the vote for liquor did pass, so it will come before council at the end of the month to accept it."
"I'd like to thank all the people, the good turn out, I really appreciate that, and I believe this is a vote of the people and we will accept it."
"I accept it, I will do everything in my power to make sure that all the rules, regulations, everything set up to run this business will be followed. I will work with the State of South Dakota, with the Tribe, with the federal government to make sure all bases are covered."
"But, I'd like to thank the people for getting out and voting, appreciate it. I know it was a tough issue but we will move on"
The final official vote was 1,871 for legalizing alcohol on the Reservation and 1,679 for not legalizing alcohol.
posted August 15, 2013 3:30 pm edt