The Black Oak Casino has reportedly begun selling beer and wine to gamblers. Patrons of the casino in Tuolumne have said beer and wine is now for sale.
Complimentary soft drinks are available. The casino would not be allowed to serve complimentary alcohol.
The idea of selling alcohol at the gambling establishment has been controversial. When the casino applied for a liquor license, the State received about 190 written protests to the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wukâ€™s request.
Spokesman for a group that doesnÂ´t approve of the casino being there in the first place, Steve Durgan, said adding alcohol to the mix is only going to make things worse.
Over 50 people showed up for a hearing in Sonora on the issue back in February.
Tribal member Lester Lingo said the Me-Wukâ€™s are sensitive to the concerns of the community.