Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona
Voters rejected a proposal to allow alcohol sales within the community outside of the two casinos its members operate. The unofficial March 20 returns showed community members voted 466-152 against allowing alcohol to be sold at bars, restaurants, theaters and special events. Part of the proposal was a 5 percent tax on liquor that was to pay for alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment programs. Tom Largo, a member of the Tribal Council, said members already have "a terrible problem with alcohol.'' And since it's "not a part of our culture,'' Largo added, "there's no sense in bringing it closer.'' The community, home to about 6,900 people, borders Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe. About 3,900 were eligible to vote. In 1997, members approved sale of alcohol in casinos, resorts and golf clubs but in 1999 - as now - rejected broader sales.