Palin's solution to the alcohol problem

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2007

If Gov. Sarah Palin wants to solve the alcohol problem in the villages, she needs to do it the traditional way. She needs to seek a solution within the context of our traditional ways. It's the only way she'll succeed.

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Palin has to be ready to allocate health funds to a traditional treatment camp fund in which her people and tribal councils can negotiate each program in each village accordingly. Let us handle the problem in our traditional Native ways instead of just throwing our people in the system. The system doesn't work for them, and it just gives them criminal records, leaving them crippled and encouraging more crime.

Please, Palin, listen to your grandma; she'll tell you. Start the treatment camps with state health funds.

Matthew Gilbert

Arctic Village

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