Evil Water: The Problem of Alcoholism in Indian Country

Authors: Singh, Subodh, Sinte Gleska University

Disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Health

Themes: Health and Wellness, Human Services, Tribal Governance

This case tells the story of a small group of students studying chemistry at a tribal college on an Indian reservation. The students are concerned about the problem of alcoholism on their reservation and the pending discussion in the tribal council about lifting the ban on the sale of alcohol on the reservation. In class their professor explains the effects of alcoholic beverages on the human body. The students then brainstorm and research additional questions that are important in taking an informed position on lifting the ban on alcohol sales.