FORT TOTTEN, N.D. — Voters on the Spirit Lake Reservation overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to allow alcohol sales at its resort and casino.


Held as part of the Spirit Lake Nation's elections Tuesday, May 7, 588 voters said yes to the change, with 311 opposing it, according to election certification documents.


Some tribe members argued that Spirit Lake Casino & Resort would be in a better position to compete with businesses in nearby Devils Lake. Failed referendums have been held in the past to allow the casino to have alcohol sales.

It's unclear exactly how much additional revenue the Spirit Lake casino will bring in with the ban lifted.



The reservationwide alcohol ban, which has been in place since the 1960s, was last challenged in a failed 2014 vote.