Secretary Ryan Zinke, in white shirt, at a meeting in New Mexico. Photo: U.S. Department of the Interior
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Tom Perez: Trump administration steers government toward the termination era

Is a new era of termination around the corner with Republican President Donald Trump in power? From budget cuts to a wall along the border, Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee who served in the Obama administration, says the Trump team is turning its back on Indian Country:
When Republicans made yet another unsuccessful attempt to take away healthcare from millions of Americans last month, Native Americans, specifically Alaska Natives, worked to ensure that Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted against the plan, sealing its defeat.

They fought against the “skinny repeal” because they understood that it would harm them. The United States has long guaranteed Native Americans access to healthcare, mostly through commitments the federal government made to Indian tribes in exchange for land. Repeal of Obamacare would put much of this tribal healthcare at risk, including the care received by more than 290,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives through the Medicaid expansion.

But healthcare is just one of many areas where the Trump administration wants to break our government’s promises to Indian Country.

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Tom Perez: Trump is breaking the federal government's promises to Native Americans (The Los Angeles Times 8/7)