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WINDOW ROCK -- Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has signed a bill allowing people gambling at the tribe's Arizona casino to drink alcohol.

The bill signed Tuesday by Shelly was approved Friday by the Navajo Nation Council on a 9-7 vote.

Tribal law permits alcohol sales and consumption only in casino restaurants and at the Navajo Nation's Antelope Point Marina at Lake Powell.

The chief executive of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise has said expanding areas where alcohol can be consumed would make the Twin Arrows casino near Flagstaff more competitive with the other nearly two dozen Arizona casinos run by American Indian tribes.

The expansion does not apply to the Navajos' casinos in New Mexico. Gambling compacts there prohibit alcohol on casino floors.

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