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Voting on prohibition

(Video by Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News)

The Inupiat village of Shishmaref is the latest Alaska town to face a thorny, high-stakes choice. Voters are expected decide in a city election Tuesday whether to lift a 30-year-old ban on alcohol.

Here, three voters say why they’re voting wet or dry.

“We need to train and raise our kids to be responsible because (alcohol) is part of society anyway. We’re going to have to evolve into Western culture because village life is limited as far as subsistence. It pulls me both ways.” — Richard Kuzuguk, 51.

Originally published October 21, 2013 in Anchorage Daily News.

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