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Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote
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Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote (July 28, 2017)
Key Democrats in the Senate were prepared to fight for Indian health care but it turns out they didn't need to, thanks to three Republicans.

Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Tribes make history with dental therapist
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Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Tribes make history with dental therapist (July 19, 2017)
The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians are the first Indian nation in Oregon to hire a dental therapist.

Mark Trahant: Buckle up as Republicans try to repeal Affordable Care Act
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Mark Trahant: Buckle up as Republicans try to repeal Affordable Care Act (July 18, 2017)
So plan B, supported by President Donald J. Trump, is a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, without a plan to figure out the what’s next?

Democrats host session on impacts of GOP health bill in Indian Country
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Democrats host session on impacts of GOP health bill in Indian Country (July 18, 2017)
With the Republican health care reform bill in dire straits, Democrats are hosting a forum to discuss the "devastating impacts" of the other party's proposal in Indian Country.

Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid
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Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid (July 5, 2017)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, is one of just two tribal citizens in Congress.

New York Times features Dina Gilio-Whitaker in editorial on health care
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New York Times features Dina Gilio-Whitaker in editorial on health care (June 26, 2017)
Colville citizen Dina Gilio-Whitaker talks to The New York Times about the omission of Indian Country from the Republican health care bill.

Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service
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Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service (May 18, 2017)
The 14-member working group will look for ways to improve the delivery of health care to the first Americans.

Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding
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Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding (May 8, 2017)
President Donald Trump may not have been able to convince Congress to support his funding priorities but he's striking back in his own way.

Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act
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Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act (May 5, 2017)
With the Indian Health Service severely underfunded, tribal advocates are worried about the impacts of the repeal and replace effort.

Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian Country
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Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian Country (March 21, 2017)
The hidden costs of Affordable Care Act repeal with American Health Care Act replacement on Native Americans.

Markwayne Mullin: Promise kept to protect Indian health care law
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Markwayne Mullin: Promise kept to protect Indian health care law (March 13, 2017)
This Congress, one of my priorities is to improve Indian health care.

Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law
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Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law (March 13, 2017)
Instead of a repeal, the Republican leadership took the framework of the Affordable Care Act.

Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets Obamacare
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Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets Obamacare (March 8, 2017)
The Indian Health Care Improvement Act isn't affected by the repeal provisions of the new Republican health proposal.

Mark Trahant: Republicans roll dice with Obamacare replacement
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Mark Trahant: Republicans roll dice with Obamacare replacement (March 7, 2017)
There’s a bad joke that goes like this: What’s your plan to pay for the high cost of health care?

House panel looks at Indian Health Service infrastructure needs
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House panel looks at Indian Health Service infrastructure needs (March 6, 2017)
Aging Indian Health Service facilities are under scrutiny at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country can't ignore Native Republicans
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country can't ignore Native Republicans (March 6, 2017)
Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans in Congress and in state legislatures.

Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare
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Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare (March 1, 2017)
As the nation's politicians spar over the fate of Obamacare, tribes are still waiting on the federal government to fulfill its trust responsibilities.

Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era
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Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era (February 14, 2017)
Indian issues have always been portrayed as non-partisan but it looks like that's no longer the case, at least when it comes to health care.

Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates
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Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates (February 13, 2017)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't support tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians while Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price wants to dismantle Obamacare.

Rob Bishop: Republicans aren't trying to get rid of Indian health law
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Rob Bishop: Republicans aren't trying to get rid of Indian health law (February 6, 2017)
A short statement from the leader of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Raúl Grijalva: Republicans are forgetting about Indian Country again
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Raúl Grijalva: Republicans are forgetting about Indian Country again (February 2, 2017)
Repealing the ACA will affect the Indian Health Care Improvement Act as well.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country can survive the Donald Trump era
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country can survive the Donald Trump era (January 30, 2017)
The new administration is only a few days old and already the chaos of the times have upset business as usual.

Harlan McKosato: Indian Health Service is in danger under President Trump
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Harlan McKosato: Indian Health Service is in danger under President Trump (January 30, 2017)
We need the spirit of Standing Rock in the Native health care fight.

Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of Obamacare
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Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of Obamacare (January 16, 2017)
Congress has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Kinda, sorta.

Indian Health Service takes steps to expand community health aide program
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Indian Health Service takes steps to expand community health aide program (January 9, 2017)
The IHS is forming a national workgroup after hearing positive feedback from tribes in the Lower 48.

Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care law
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Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care law (January 4, 2017)
The GOP pledge to repeal Obamacare leaves the Indian Health Care Improvement Act at risk.

Steve Russell: Sovereignty faces serious threat under Donald Trump
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Steve Russell: Sovereignty faces serious threat under Donald Trump (January 4, 2017)
'President Trump had the blueprint down for ending tribal sovereignty long before he went into politics.'

Mark Trahant: Challenges and promises for tribes in the Donald Trump era
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Challenges and promises for tribes in the Donald Trump era (January 3, 2017)
One way a Trump administration could really help Indian Country is infrastructure.

Mark Trahant: Navajo Republican lands job in Trump White House
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Navajo Republican lands job in Trump White House (December 12, 2016)
If, then, this. A series of three words explaining what happens in any new White House.

Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new president
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Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new president (November 30, 2016)
The #NoDAPL movement, preventing suicide and promoting educational opportunities are among the top priorities of the new generation in Indian Country.

Mark Trahant: Indian health care at risk with Donald Trump's administration
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian health care at risk with Donald Trump's administration (November 30, 2016)
President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system.

Mark Trahant: Funding Indian health in the era of Donald Trump
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Mark Trahant: Funding Indian health in the era of Donald Trump (November 21, 2016)
During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion, but said there would be a replacement insurance program of some kind.

Opinion: Fulfill promise to establish office for Indian men's health
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Opinion: Fulfill promise to establish office for Indian men's health (November 11, 2016)
Unfortunately, many critically needed sections of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act have yet to be realized.

Tribes working to protect Indian health with Donald Trump in office
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Tribes working to protect Indian health with Donald Trump in office (November 11, 2016)
Tribes are worried about losing a key Indian health care law with Republicans in control of Washington.

ICT series continues with George W. Bush's sovereignty gaffe
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ICT series continues with George W. Bush's sovereignty gaffe (October 25, 2016)
The former governor of Texas was not known for any major Indian policy achievements during his eight years in office.

Barack Obama: Creating a future worthy for the seven generations
Opinion | Politics
Barack Obama: Creating a future worthy for the seven generations (September 30, 2016)
'Our country has accomplished so much in the past eight years, and our tribal nations have been central to that progress.'

Mark Trahant: Congressional candidates debate on Fort Peck Nation in Montana
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Congressional candidates debate on Fort Peck Nation in Montana (August 30, 2016)
We need politicians to answer questions (even with short answers) in every congressional district with tribal communities.

Mark Trahant: Are there even any Republicans in Indian Country?
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Are there even any Republicans in Indian Country? (August 15, 2016)
If you look at history, there are a lot more American Indians and Alaska Natives who have won office under the Republican banner.

Donald Trump closes Republican convention that left out Indian Country
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Donald Trump closes Republican convention that left out Indian Country (July 22, 2016)
Tribes sent representatives and some tribal citizens were there too but Indian Country was missing from the big picture.

Mark Trahant: Success stories in Indian Country's health system
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Mark Trahant: Success stories in Indian Country's health system (July 5, 2016)
Doing more with less is part of the operating framework at tribal health facilities, nonprofits that operate health clinics for a Native community, and, even for the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: A Republican plan to terminate the Indian Health Service
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Mark Trahant: A Republican plan to terminate the Indian Health Service (June 23, 2016)
The mentality of Congress is that it has never considered a single proposal to fully-fund Indian health.

Bill seeks random drug tests for Indian Health Service employees
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Bill seeks random drug tests for Indian Health Service employees (June 10, 2016)
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) is making good on her promise to seek reforms at the troubled agency.

Dental group appears to relent on therapists in Indian Country
Health | National
Dental group appears to relent on therapists in Indian Country (May 24, 2016)
The American Dental Association won't fight a new dental health aide therapist program started by the Swinomish Tribe of Washington.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over 'crisis' in care
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Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over 'crisis' in care (April 28, 2016)
Since the emergency room on the hospital shut down in December, six people have died while seeking urgent care at facilities far from the reservation.

Bree Black Horse: An 'Indian' is still an 'Indian' under federal laws
Law | Opinion
Bree Black Horse: An 'Indian' is still an 'Indian' under federal laws (April 18, 2016)
The Federal Government’s definition of an 'Indian' is, in some instances, independent of an individual Indian’s tribal membership status.

Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health
Health | Opinion
Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health (March 21, 2016)
American Indians and Alaskan Natives, long recognized as having the highest poverty rates of any ethnic group, have better access to medical care more than ever before. We can thank the Affordable Care Act.

Indian Country battles dental industry over dental health aides
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Indian Country battles dental industry over dental health aides (February 16, 2016)
Tribes in the Pacific Northwest are leading the way for dental health aide therapists after a successful effort in Alaska.

Swinomish Tribe hires first dental aide therapist in Washington
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Swinomish Tribe hires first dental aide therapist in Washington (January 4, 2016)
Chairman Brian Cladoosby said the tribe was taking action in order to improve oral health care among Native Americans.

Mark Trahant: Republicans can't explain how to fund Indian health
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Republicans can't explain how to fund Indian health (December 4, 2015)
Republicans who serve in the House or the Senate should be asked a simple question: How would you fund the Indian health system?

Mark Trahant: Republicans try to strip millions of dollars from IHS
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Mark Trahant: Republicans try to strip millions of dollars from IHS (December 2, 2015)
The Senate repeal bill will make health care an election issue. Again.

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe set to open nursing home
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Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe set to open nursing home (October 29, 2015)
The Oglala Sioux Lakota Nursing Home being built just south of Whiteclay, Nebraska, is near completion.

Vice President Joe Biden reflects on triumphs of Obama's Indian policies
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Vice President Joe Biden reflects on triumphs of Obama's Indian policies (October 28, 2015)
A reception for five contemporary Native artists offered a glimpse into the Obama administration's impact in Indian Country.

Republican Jeb Bush wants to repeal Indian health care law
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Republican Jeb Bush wants to repeal Indian health care law (October 14, 2015)
The Affordable Care Act includes a permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act that Republicans want to eliminate.

Mark Trahant: Press the Republican candidates on Indian issues
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Press the Republican candidates on Indian issues (July 27, 2015)
What do you do with sixteen candidates? It’s a thorny problem for Republicans.

Mark Trahant: Sovereignty in action with dental health programs
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Mark Trahant: Sovereignty in action with dental health programs (July 8, 2015)
Current law might prevent the Indian Health Service from investing in better oral health care delivery; but it does not say anything about a tribal health program.

Sen. Murkowski questions definition of 'Indian' for health care
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Sen. Murkowski questions definition of 'Indian' for health care (July 1, 2015)
The limited definition penalizes American Indians and Alaska Natives who aren't enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or an Alaska Native corporation.

Yvette Roubideaux: Making progress at Indian Health Service
Health | Opinion
Yvette Roubideaux: Making progress at Indian Health Service (June 30, 2015)
I joined the Indian Health Service knowing that there was much work to do and there were no quick fixes available.

Yvette Roubideaux to leave Obama administration after six years
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Yvette Roubideaux to leave Obama administration after six years (June 2, 2015)
The physician, who is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was the first woman to lead the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: Budget plan means deep cuts for Indian programs
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Mark Trahant: Budget plan means deep cuts for Indian programs (May 1, 2015)
Let’s be clear about this plan: It would require deep spending cuts in federal Indian programs.

Mark Trahant: House budget plan isn't good for Indian Country
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: House budget plan isn't good for Indian Country (March 18, 2015)
Most of the cuts fall into 'domestic' spending and that’s the source of most of the federal dollars for Indian Country.

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