Freudenberg said he had wanted to open the shop to give his guests a way to get a drink without having to drive, but realized it might simply encourage tribal residents to drink their purchases before driving home, where alcohol is banned.
“That would just undo what I was trying to do,” he told MPR. Instead, he said, he plans to sell drinks at a small restaurant and bar under construction at the resort, where he said a bartender could keep an eye on customers’ consumption.
Freudenberg dropped his permit request last week, ahead of Tuesday’s night’s meeting of the Beltrami County Board. Nevertheless, tribal legal adviser Michelle Paquin asked board members to consider a “buffer zone” around the reservation when considering future liquor license requests.
Beltrami County Chairman Jim Lucachick pledged to take the tribe’s concerns into account.
A New Mexico pueblo that has become the latest U.S. tribe to buy back a swath of Native American ancestral land intends to keep the high desert tract in its natural state and petition the federal government to officially place it under the pueblo's jurisdiction, tribal leaders said Friday.