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Mark Trahant: Ballot initiatives impact tribal communities in big ways
Mark Trahant: Ballot initiatives impact tribal communities in big ways (October 30, 2018)

There are a lot of reasons for Native voters to get the polls in Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Washington.


Gila River Indian Community denied funds for tribal veterans
Gila River Indian Community denied funds for tribal veterans (August 17, 2018)

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not have to reimburse the Gila River Indian Community for services provided to tribal veterans.


Deb Haaland 'ready to fight' as first Native American woman in halls of Congress
Deb Haaland 'ready to fight' as first Native American woman in halls of Congress (December 15, 2017)

A Pueblo citizen who could become the first Native woman in Congress is ready to fight President Donald Trump.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country isn't valued as lawmakers move on tax reform bill
Mark Trahant: Indian Country isn't valued as lawmakers move on tax reform bill (November 20, 2017)

There is no better way for any legislature — be it a tribal council, a state assembly, or a Congress — to telegraph what’s most important to a society than through tax policy.


Mark Trahant: Republicans target health care and education to pay for tax cuts
Mark Trahant: Republicans target health care and education to pay for tax cuts (November 15, 2017)

Here we go again. The Congress is hell bent on wrecking the Affordable Care Act.


Mark Trahant: President Trump brings more chaos to health coverage for tribal citizens
Mark Trahant: President Trump brings more chaos to health coverage for tribal citizens (October 13, 2017)

President Trump's policy change impacts American Indians and Alaska Natives who get their health insurance through Affordable Care Act exchanges.


President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service
President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service (October 9, 2017)

It's taken longer than expected but President Donald Trump is finally addressing the leadership void at the beleaguered Indian Health Service.


Cronkite News: Republican health bill collapses as Democrats air concerns about tribes
Cronkite News: Republican health bill collapses as Democrats air concerns about tribes (September 27, 2017)

Senate leaders abandoned their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying they would turn their attention to tax reform after key GOP defections doomed the health care proposal.


Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care
Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care (September 22, 2017)

Wouldn’t it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native people?


Cronkite News: Republicans in Senate aim for vote on Obamacare replacement
Cronkite News: Republicans in Senate aim for vote on Obamacare replacement (September 21, 2017)

Sen. John McCain, a key vote in the failure of the last Obamacare repeal attempt, refused to say how he will vote on a new Republican bill to overhaul the nation's health care system.


Mark Trahant: Let's provide Medicaid health care coverage for everyone
Mark Trahant: Let's provide Medicaid health care coverage for everyone (August 1, 2017)

Employer-based insurance must go away. It’s not sustainable, Mark Trahant writes for YES! Magazine.


Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska
Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska (July 28, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Interior Department threatened Alaska's two Senators, The Alaska Dispatch News reported.


Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote
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.


Mark Trahant: What's next for Indian health care after big fail in Congress?
Mark Trahant: What's next for Indian health care after big fail in Congress? (July 28, 2017)

Congress has never even considered, let alone acted, to fully fund Indian health programs.


Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care
Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care (July 27, 2017)

Today is humor day in the Senate. But at least the healthcare debate will go on and on without a conclusion


Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform
Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform (July 26, 2017)

As the debate unfolds, the Senate is in a way making the case for why we need Native Americans in the legislative process.


Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise as Senate opens health debate
Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise as Senate opens health debate (July 26, 2017)

Sen. John McCain had 16 minutes of floor time and he used every minute of it, capping an already emotional return to the Senate with a call to action for his fellow lawmakers that hit every emotion on the scale.


Mark Trahant: Senate Republicans attempt another vote on health care
Mark Trahant: Senate Republicans attempt another vote on health care (July 24, 2017)

Another week and the United States Senate is ready to vote on legislation to remake the entire healthcare system, including Indian health.


Mark Trahant: Buckle up as Republicans try to repeal Affordable Care Act
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
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.


Mark Trahant: Republicans once again forced to delay vote on health bill
Mark Trahant: Republicans once again forced to delay vote on health bill (July 17, 2017)

The Republican healthcare bill looked like it was going to pass but then Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) announced his own health crisis.


Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing
Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing (July 12, 2017)

Lawmakers from both parties expressed anger and frustration at the Indian Health Service as they vowed to seek more resources to fulfill the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.


Mark Trahant: Markwayne Mullin breaks campaign pledge and becomes a career politician
Mark Trahant: Markwayne Mullin breaks campaign pledge and becomes a career politician (July 12, 2017)

We’re almost a year away from the next House and Senate election and we’re just starting to get a look at the candidates who will be making policy.


Mark Trahant: Republican health care bill threatens jobs in Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Republican health care bill threatens jobs in Indian Country (July 7, 2017)

The Indian Health Service is the largest single employer in Indian Country.


Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid
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.


Mark Trahant: Trump tells tribal leaders that Medicaid cuts will be 'great'
Mark Trahant: Trump tells tribal leaders that Medicaid cuts will be 'great' (June 29, 2017)

The Senate’s health care bill is 'mostly dead' but that’s not the same as all dead, Mark Trahant writes.


Steve Russell: Republican answer to Obamacare only benefits the wealthy
Steve Russell: Republican answer to Obamacare only benefits the wealthy (June 27, 2017)

Mitch McConnell’s Republican answer to Obamacare does not repeal or replace it; it merely repeals taxes for the well-to-do, Cherokee citizen Steve Russell writes on Indian Country Media Network.


Mark Trahant: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country (June 27, 2017)

The Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate majority’s health care bill -- the ironically titled 'Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017' -- ought to be enough to put to rest any idea that Republicans want to improve health care in this country.


New York Times features Dina Gilio-Whitaker in editorial on health care
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.


Mark Trahant: Don't plan on getting sick if you're from Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Don't plan on getting sick if you're from Indian Country (June 23, 2017)

The Senate bill, like its House counterpart, has a simple message for Indian Country, according to Mark Trahant.


Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republican rule
Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republican rule (May 22, 2017)

Medicaid is the one part of Indian health funding that’s growing.


Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service
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.


Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill
Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill (May 8, 2017)

Every Republican who voted for this mean-spirited bill must now defend against every American who has any problem with insurance or health care.


Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act
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.


Mark Trahant: Republican bill takes billions from Indian health care
Mark Trahant: Republican bill takes billions from Indian health care (May 4, 2017)

How much does it cost to buy the vote of a ‘moderate’ Republican? Today the going rate is $8 billion.


Mark Trahant: Donald Trump and Republicans can't seem to govern
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump and Republicans can't seem to govern (April 24, 2017)

Can President Donald J. Trump and the Republicans actually govern?


Mark Trahant: The fight ahead for the future of Indian health care
Mark Trahant: The fight ahead for the future of Indian health care (March 27, 2017)

President Donald J. Trump’s legislative agenda has crashed.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Just another day of trying to keep up with the Trumps
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Just another day of trying to keep up with the Trumps (March 24, 2017)

Doesn’t it seem that we are all living in a reality show called 'Keeping up with the Trumps.'


Mark Trahant: Indian health care gains ignored in political debate
Mark Trahant: Indian health care gains ignored in political debate (March 23, 2017)

The story of Alaska and Montana is not front and center in the health care debate in the House. But it should be.


Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian Country
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
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.


Steve Russell: Health care lessons from the colonial government
Steve Russell: Health care lessons from the colonial government (March 13, 2017)

It's easy to understand how the US pays more for health care than any other industrialized nation


Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law
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
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
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
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
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
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.


Mark Trahant: A victory on Indian health from Washington state
Mark Trahant: A victory on Indian health from Washington state (February 23, 2017)

Look for more action and more Indian health success stories coming from state capitals.


Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era
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
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
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
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
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
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.


James Giago Davies: Why the American health care system stinks
James Giago Davies: Why the American health care system stinks (January 26, 2017)

I’m still kicking despite the fact that the Indian Health Service almost killed me once, not out of an honest mistake, but because the emergency room doctor was dismissive, insulting, indifferent, and sent me home with Salmonella poisoning.


Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of Obamacare
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
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.


Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers make history with leadership roles
Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers make history with leadership roles (January 9, 2017)

Native Americans are in key leadership positions in at least seven states.


Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care law
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.