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'Drunk Town USA': Gallup Working Together to Erase Stigma


Gallup, New Mexico is a cultural mecca, rich in Hispanic tradition and serving as a border town for the pueblos of Zuni and Laguna and the Navajo Nation. It’s a beautiful place, surrounded by desert, ringed with mountains, and crossed with dry arroyos. Tourists stroll in a charming downtown, buy unparalleled Native arts and crafts, and explore the outdoors.

But Gallup also has a dark side. On any given morning, hungover people stumble out of the arroyos, in twos and threes, and start down the sidewalk toward the package stores to start drinking again. The city has had a terrible time for decades, trying to control substance abuse issues that at best give Gallup a rough reputation, and at worst lead to dozens of deaths each winter, when intoxicated people, primarily Native Americans, wander into the arroyos and freeze.



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