The Trump administration says Native Americans might need to get a job if they want to keep their health care — a policy that tribal leaders say will threaten access to care and reverse centuries-old protections.

As a threat to tribal sovereignty, the Trump administration is attempting to strip American Indians and Alaska Natives from health care.

Politico reported Sunday, the Trump administration says Native Americans might need to get a job if they want to keep their health care.

“Tribal leaders want an exemption from new Medicaid work rules being introduced in several states, and they say there are precedents for health care exceptions. Native Americans don’t have to pay penalties for not having health coverage under Obamacare’s individual mandate, for instance.” reports Politico

“But the Trump administration contends the tribes are a race rather than separate governments, and exempting them from Medicaid work rules — which have been approved in three states and are being sought by at least 10 others — would be illegal preferential treatment,” the article continues.

The tribes insist that any claim of “racial preference” is moot because they’re constitutionally protected as separate governments, dating back to treaties hammered out by President George Washington and reaffirmed in recent decades under Republican and Democratic presidents alike, including the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

“The United States has a legal responsibility to provide health care to Native Americans,” said Mary Smith, who was acting head of the Indian Health Service during the Obama administration and is a member of the Cherokee Nation. “It’s the largest prepaid health system in the world — they’ve paid through land and massacres — and now you’re going to take away health care and add a work requirement?”

Responses to "Trump Administration Wants Natives to be Considered a Race Rather than Sovereign Nations"

  1. Anonymous says:

    No, sorry, no. Native American is NOT a race. No.

  2. Gloria L says:

    Oh my mercy!
    Praying our tribal leaders, state representatives, senators and governors stand up to him.
    This creates so many feelings. ����

  3. You ignorant, arrogant, simple minded piece of shit! You continue to amaze me by your sheer idiocy!Your total lack of understanding is unreal.

  4. Lynne Hendon says:

    This is still about the casinos, isn't it? What a snowflake! Grow up, and learn some history while you are at it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It is what it is.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Trump is a renigger

  7. then pay the rent on the lands you occupy & add to that compensation & add to that royalties for all the resources stolen from those lands & uphold the Treaties (contracts) your previous leaders agreed to & signed & at least try to be a little honourable after the ethnic cleansing & genocide your history of Administrators inflicted on the Original Tribes of Turtle Island - Trump that Trump

  8. Anonymous says:

    Here are a few facts: The 3 Federally recognized Cherokee Tribal groups do not have full Treaty rights for one simple reason, as individuals they wish to also be U.S. citizens, therefore they are dual citizens and therefore they are taxable as individuals on a Federal level, but as a Tribal State under U.S. CODE 26 7871 they could be exempt from State taxes but being U.S. citizens they have to pay Federal taxes if they are dual citizens. The BIA Tribal groups would have to assert their proper Treaty Nation name and proper status, and Treaty date, and then assert U.S. CODE 28 1604 and pull out of BIA, and repatriate, and return to their proper status if they intend to be totally non-taxable as a Nation and in order to protect themselves as individual citizens of their Tribal Nation only and relinquish their SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER and renounce their citizenship to the United States of America. for example, people who are full-fledged citizens of the Federally acknowledged Cherokee "Treaty" Nation being Cherokee Nation of Indians Treaty of 1791, are also considered Cherokee "Treaty Indians" if they've taken a pledge and oath of citizenship and have renounced U.S. Citizenship. And according to the IRS we are "exempt by virtue of an existing Treaty, and no exemption number needed", therefore we are non-taxable by treaty. And here is another issue: U.S. Department of State 1963 Handbook on International Law, "Everyone must abide by the laws of the Country they reside in". Therefore you must acknowledge that "Indian Country" for you in your area by Treaty like "Kiowa Country", or "Pueblo Country", or "Dahcotah Sioux Country", or Tuscarora Country", or Mohawk Country", or "Onondaga Country", or "Dine' Navajo Country", or "Cherokee Country" which is stipulated for us in the Treaty of 1791 article IX. where a passport is required before entering into Cherokee Country, so please do the same thing as we have done, in order to protect the families of your respective Tribal Nation and Country. Sgi Wado Aho, please see map of Indian Country(s) on facebook

  9. Siihasin - Hope says:

    Fuck that!!! No we are sovereign self determined nations within a settler nation. We are not a race we are tribal members. Respect our sovereignty!! Dump trump!! This is modern day ethnic cleaning, genocide and institutional racism! We need to fight this! I am from the Diné nation and we demand that Amerikkka recognize they would not be here without our land, our resources and our treaties! We will not allow for the categorization of a racialized identity when we are political identities and tribally sovereign entities.
    We will fight this, we will not allow for any more settlers to kill us, our sacred sites & our relatives!!!

  10. The administators are not Creator, and they never will be. This baffoon, is on his way OUT. We are of this land and are this lad, no amount of poitical riff raff can change who we are...

  11. Anonymous says:

    MR. TRUMP our Treaty is evidence of an International Agreement between 2 separate sovereign powers, not just 1. Lol

  12. Anonymous says:

    Citizen members of Treaty Nations are separate sovereign Governments by evidence of a Treaty, we don't use Social Security numbers, sorry, but you are wrong Seema Verma, administrator with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services . Lol

  13. Anonymous says:

    We have Treaties Great Britain that predate the United States of America, and the British Embassy has stated the the U.S. is obliged to honor and uphold the these transferred Treaty Agreements.

  14. Anonymous says:

    This inappropriate individual undederstands nothing but his own "wonderfullness"...I fully support Indigenous rights as established in historical treaties.Keep on keeping on....this history has not yet been fully written.

  15. Anonymous says:

    If you break the treaties, then move back to Europe!

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