Friday, December 6, 2013

Daugaard administration denying medical health to tribes

“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” --Nelson Mandela.

Mark Trahant has recorded a series on how red states are holding Medicaid expansion as a Sword of Damocles over tribal nations trapped inside their borders. Trahant is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe surrounded by the State of Idaho and a former president of the Native American Journalists Association. He appeared with Karl Gehrke on Dakota Midday, the flagship broadcast on Bill Janklow's idea of public radio. Trahant addressed the 2013 Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture at the Al Neuharth Media Center: a part of the University of South Dakota. His presentation, “Money in the Cup: The Affordable Care Act and American Indian Health Care,” explores how ACA impacts the Indian Health Service. He calls tribal nations the 51st State in health care.

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