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Update Native American Legislative Update 

September-October 2017

Since returning from its August recess, Congress has given most of its public attention to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, providing tax breaks for some of the more fortunate among us, and trying to agree on funding for the government, before it has to shut down.

Update Justice and Violence in Indian Country 

Looking for Answers to Human Trafficking

Nearly 6,000 Native women and girls were reported as "missing" in 2016. Between 2013 and 2016, there were only 14 federal investigations and 2 prosecutions.

Update Health Care 

Preserving Life in Indian Country

Medicaid and the Child Health Improvement Program are lifesavers in Indian Country, extending access to health care to thousands of families. The Special Diabetes Program for Indians has a ten-year record of arresting the increase in diabetes among American Indian adults and children, and the rate of obesity among children.

Update Traditional and Fragile Lands 

Native people have been the guardians of some of this continent's most beautiful and most fragile lands. The current administration and Congress seem committed to reducing protections surrounding many of these federally-owned sites.

Update Political Appointments 

Important to Indian Country

The administration continues to search for the right people to serve in a wide range of government capacities.

Update Where's the Money for Fiscal Year 2018? 

Updated September 7 at 4 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2017 ends on September 30. The debt limit will be reached in mid December. So, how's it going, Congress?

Update Native American Legislative Update - August 2017 

Congress Has Left the Stage

The President proposes, but Congress disposes, one leading appropriator quipped when the President submitted a budget with deep cuts affecting Indian Country. With Congress on recess until September, there's a moment to check in on how the committees have been responding to the President's proposals. So far, funding looks better than might have been expected...

Update Following the Money: Indian Health Care 

Funding in the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

There are two big stories about health care in Indian country and for urban Indians. One has to do with the adequacy of staffing and facilities for the Indian Health Service (IHS). The other has to do with protecting continued funding of federal programs including the IHS and Medicaid, Medicare, and veterans programs along with access to affordable and effective health insurance.

Update Following the Money: Indian Housing and Economic Development 

Funding in the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill

Assurance of safe and secure shelter is critical for anyone’s survival and potential, especially in some of the harsh climates to which Native people have been consigned in the “lower 48,” and in the original homelands of Alaska Natives. Yet Native Americans and Alaska Natives living in Indian country are much less likely than the rest of the nation to have a physically adequate home, with appropriate plumbing, kitchen facilities, heating, structures and protection from the elements.

Update Following the Money: Indian Education and Community Building 

Funding in the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill and the Health, Human Services and Education bill

Indian students in schools owned by the Bureau of Indian Education are likely to arrive each day to a place that is leaking, rotting, corroded, too cold or too hot, and poorly furnished to support learning. How are these students supposed to build a future for themselves on such a foundation?

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