Meskwaki tribe to sell alcohol at casino

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TAMA, Iowa (AP) - The Meskwaki tribe has approved a proposal to sell alcohol at its Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel.

Alcohol has not been sold on the settlement since the tribe's ancestors settled near Tama in 1857. The casino was the only one in Iowa not to sell alcohol.

The Tribal Council proposed selling alcohol as a way to increase revenue and become more competitive with other casinos where alcohol is sold.

Some tribal members wanted to maintain the tradition of no alcohol sales, while other members considered it an economic opportunity.

A similar measure to allow alcohol was defeated last April by a 166 - 143 vote.

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