What you think of first when you consider Native Americans and alcohol is probably wrong. A new study counters the stereotype of Native Americans abusing alcohol. In fact, the study by the University of Arizona found a far higher percentage of Native Americans abstained from alcohol over a period of time than the majority population. Does the study finally put to rest the popular portrayal of the drunken Indian? Do the findings line up with what you’re seeing in your community?
Dr. Teshia Solomon (Choctaw Nation) – Director of Native American Research and Training Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona
Dr. James Cunningham – Social Epidemiologist with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Native American Research and Training Center
Marcella Ronyak (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation) – director of the Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Break Music: Don’t Make Trouble In Your Heart (song) Cheevers Toppah (artist) Renewed Spirit – Harmonized Church Hymns Of The Kiowa (album)