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    Ivan Starr: Don’t treat alcoholism like a crime - it’s an illness

    I know the alcohol ban on the Pine Ridge began in the mid-1800s. It was an embargo initiated by Lakota leaders wanting to deter French traders from selling whiskey on the reservation. They wanted to keep their young men from consuming it due to the havoc it was causing to their ancient way of life. It appears their rationale was to attack the problem by blocking or removing the source.

    Source indianz.com

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