CHEROKEE, NC – Alcohol sales at a North Carolina mountain casino have been approved by members of the Cherokee Indian tribe.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Friday that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians approved alcohol sales 1,847 to 1,301 after nearly half the tribe’s registered voters went to polls.
Supporters of alcohol sales said it would boost profits at the tribe’s casino. The tribe uses half the profits from the 11-year-old casino to run its government and half for twice-a-year payments to tribal members.
It was the second alcohol sales vote, but the first since the casino was constructed. Tribal members voted 2-1 against alcohol sales in 1980.