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Tuesday, April 24 • 9:40am - 10:00am
Drying Out: An examination of Prohibition on Native American lands.

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Despite various efforts, the Native American community is severely affected by substance abuse. Research suggests that one in ten Native American deaths are alcohol related, indicating the need for interventions. Interventions have usually included laws or policies put in place by the Federal Government limiting alcohol sales on Native American reservations. Since most of these laws have been changed with time, tribes now have the power to enforce their own laws on alcohol sales. Although this has made many Native communities give up on their efforts of prohibition, some Native Tribes are still hesitant to allow alcohol to be sold within the community. Employing a literature review on substance abuse control within Native communities, this study examines the health implications of prohibition on Native American populations, particularly in Cherokee, NC. The findings of the research suggest mixed results.Overall, communities that did not allow the sell of alcohol appeared to have fewer alcohol-related incidents. The negative implications included an increase in crime related to alcohol and the income lost to the neighboring communities that take advantage of the prohibition. Although some positive benefits have come out of prohibition in Native lands, it is clear that it would be more beneficial of Native American communities to avoid prohibition and progress in other methods of substance abuse care. Approaches, including policies that align with the culture and that are more natural, such as medical marijuana, should be considered.


Tuesday April 24, 2018 9:40am - 10:00am PDT
406 Sherrill Center

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