Urban Indians facing lack of services
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Urban Indians living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are slowly losing access to federally guaranteed health care.

The Albuquerque Indian Hospital has cut back services over the past year and is making more adjustments. The hospital could close, says Emmett Francis, Mayor Jim Baca's assistant for Indian affairs, if nothing is done to address the situation.

Since tribes in the Albuquerque metro area are developing their own health care services and clinics, less federal funds are available for the hospital. Under the Indian Health Services budget, the Albuquerque region receives $11 million. The amount is based on the urban and reservation Indian population.

Tribes have contracted about $3 million of that amount, reducing money available for the hospital.

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Indian Hospital Reduces Services (The Albuquerque Journal 8/9)