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Cecil White Hat presents "How Alcohol Came To The People" at the third annual Red Lake Drug and Gang Summit Wednesday at the Humanities Center in Red Lake. The two-day summit continues today. (Monte Draper/Bemidji PIoneer)

Red Lake Drug and Gang Summit speaker says alcohol part of 'historical grief'

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RED LAKE - When Cecil White Hat was 5 years old, he stood in the back of his dad's car in Mission, S.D.

The streets were jam-packed with cars. It was 1953 and the first day it was legal for American Indians to buy alcohol.

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White Hat described the scene he witnessed as a young boy in his presentation, "How Alcohol Came To The People," Wednesday at the third annual Red Lake Drug and Gang Summit in Red Lake. The two-day summit continues today.

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