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Ariz. tribes upset 'Mike & Molly' joked about drunken Indians

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Arizona tribal members say they're shocked by the sitcom "Mike & Molly" -- starring Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy -- after one of the characters on the CBS show joked last week about drunken Indians in Arizona. The Native American Journalists Association says CBS should apologize.

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Arizona tribal members say they're shocked by a television sitcom that made fun of one of the most pervasive social ills on American Indian reservations -- alcoholism. One of the characters on the CBS show "Mike & Molly" joked about drunken Indians in Arizona, a state that is home to 21 federally recognized American Indian tribes. No one disputes that public intoxication is a problem on and off the reservations, but tribal members say alcoholism often is linked to poverty, hopelessness and a history of trauma within American Indian families that is hard to overcome.
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