Taking a hard look at addiction in Indian Country
The willingness of our people to stand on top of our sovereign rights has cleared the pathway for many other Indigenous peoples in America to capitalize and improve the status of assert their own nations. One of these watershed moments may be approaching as the Oglala Sioux Tribal council will soon decide if they want to poll the Oglala on their interest in marijuana legalization.
As a journalist who has focused a significant amount of both personal and professional time gaining an understanding of the Drug War, I have come to realize that the single most important aspect of this conversation has been looked at wrong since its inception. In order to properly have a conversation about legalization we as a society need to take a hard look at our addictions.