Native Americans ‘Left Out in the Cold’ Under Trump Press Biden for Action
In early February, Mr. Biden signed a major disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation to provide more federal financing to support vaccine delivery, medical staffing, and resources. With the help of additional resources, Mr. Nez said the tribe was able to take out 98 percent of the vaccine’s dose.
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Mr. Nez said he now wants the administration to focus on aging infrastructure.
“Our roads, our bridges, our water lines, our power lines: Here on the Navajo Nation, 30 to 40 percent of our people have no water, 30 to 40 percent of our people have no electricity,” he said happen. “So if there is a lot of emphasis on infrastructure, we want the Navajo Nation to have flowing water and electricity.”
Esther Lucero is the chief executive of the Seattle Indian Health Board, a community health center that serves more than 6,000 urban American Indians and Alaska Native residents. Ms. Lucero said she hopes to see significant investment in the current public health system for Native Americans.
Rockville, Md. And often referred to as IHS, the Indian Health Service consists of 26 hospitals, 56 health centers and 32 health stations. Hospitals range in size from four beds to 133. The Indian Health Service is broken into a dozen service areas across the country, each serving tribes living in that area.
For decades, the agency has been weakened, deemed and routinely criticized for providing inadequate care to 2.2 million members of the country’s tribal communities. It was particularly under severe criticism during the epidemic.
“We have to have an aggressive budget formula to fully fund the Indian healthcare,” Ms. Lucero said. Providing additional funding to the 12 tribal epidemiological health centers, for example, is critical to maintaining and tracking health care data about its citizens.
The intersection of federal land use and environmental and energy policy is also at the heart of the tribal agenda for the new administration. Mr. Biden is facing a call after the court to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline Governance The Trump administration broke the law while allowing its creation. This is a move that would be a win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that touches both North and South Dakota. The pipeline is just north of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.