Litigating for native American health: The liability of alcoholic beverage makers and distributors

Stephen P. Teret, Annie P. Michaelis

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Native American populations have long experienced excess morbidity and mortality attributable to alcohol. Historically, alcohol was introduced to the Native American population by European settlers, and was used to help those settlers get land and goods from the Indian population. In modern times, alcohol beverage makers and distributors continue to supply and market their products to Native American populations in amounts and manners that contribute to continuing health and safety problems. When some other products have been over-supplied or over-promoted to the detriment of the public's health, litigation has been brought against the makers or dealers of those products, sometimes using the legal theory of public nuisance. This article explores the potential for litigation brought by Native Americans against alcoholic beverage makers and distributors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-259
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of public health policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005


  • Alcohol
  • Litigation
  • Native americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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