Navajo council votes to expand casino alcohol use
By Taylor Higgins . CREATED Jun 29, 2013
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation Council has approved a bill that would make it possible for people at the tribe's Arizona casino to drink alcohol while they're gambling.
Tribal law permits alcohol sales and consumption only in casino restaurants.
The Navajo Nation Council on Friday night voted 9-7 to pass legislation which would allow drinks to be taken onto the casino floor.
Derrick Watchman is the chief executive of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. He says expanding areas where alcohol can be consumed would make the Twin Arrows casino near Flagstaff more competitive with other Arizona casinos.
The expansion wouldn't carry over to the Navajo Nation's casinos in New Mexico.
Alcohol is a touchy subject on the Navajo Nation, where the sale and consumption largely is banned.
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