This article on opening a brewery as a Native American was an eye opener for me.

In addition to illuminating the challenges that Native people have within their own communities regarding alcohol, this story also shone a light on disinformation I’d been fed as a kid, namely that Native peoples were genetically more likely to be alcoholics.

What I didn’t know at the time was about the impoverishment and systematic conditions that are far greater contributors to illness than alcohol are. It is another reminder that poor people suffer under the yoke of life more than most, and I’m glad I was reminded, yet again, of this fact, but prouder to see people continue to fight against not only bad narratives, but create a future for themselves.

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