By Matthew Perenchio
“It’s our choice that defines who we are,” Beach said. “We all have a choice.”
The 37-year-old Saulteaux has been publicly speaking against drugs and alcohol—both that have had negative effects on Native American populations—since he was 16.
And he speaks from experience. After losing both parents in separate car accidents when he was 8—his mother to a drunk driver—he was involved in gangs at 14 and had friends who used and sold drugs.