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Oklahoma Republican Apologizes for Saying Native Americans Are Predisposed to Alcoholism


Oklahoma state Rep. Todd Russ, a Republican, stepped in a steaming pile of controversy last week when he claimed that Native Americans are "predisposed to alcoholism" and would be disproportionately impacted by laws expanding liquor sales in the state.

The representative's suggestion that Native Americans "process alcohol differently" came during a debate on the House floor about a proposed change to the state constitution that would allow wine and full-strength beer to be sold in convenience stores.


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