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Blackfeet Nation lifts alcohol ban during powwow

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana has lifted the ban on alcohol sales during its annual powwow.

The tribe banned alcohol during the North American Indian Days powwow in 1999. The following year, police calls, violations and alcohol incidents dropped dramatically during the four-day event.

But council member Rodney "Fish" Gervais said other statistics show that alcohol bans don't work. He cited a rise in death rates, accidents and suicides on dry reservations.

Alcohol will still be banned at the actual powwow site. But bars, restaurants, lodges and the tribe's casino can sell liquor on site. To-go sales will be banned after 6pm.

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Blackfeet narrow ban on alcohol during powwow (The Great Falls Tribune 7/11)

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