I worry about being culturally correct.

I've been working on a Weird West novel for some time. One of my main characters is a Lakota Sioux who shape-shifts into a wolf.

He's also an alcoholic. It makes sense from his background, and it's integral to the story, but I always cringe at the idea that I've written yet another "drunken Injun" stereotype. I can't make him white or sober and still have the same book. To take either aspect from him would completely alter his character and his place in the story.

If I want to do right by his culture, I can either not write the story, or I can do my research and treat him like a person. I'm choosing to do the second one.