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. Unknown says:

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

  3. Unknown says:

    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. Unknown says:

    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 DinΓ© 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. Jackson says:

    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!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Then get out and vote, people on our rez refused to vote because they say it giving away their native rights, if they don't they will lose all their rights under Trump

  17. Anonymous says:

    i believe the solution to this problem is that we need to get the land that the goverment promised with treaties and end this current system because right now we technically don't own the land that we live in and once we do that we stop the dependency from the US Gov and start our own business,schools, because as long as we get one cent from the Fed, they own us

  18. Unknown says:

    if you can't uphold the treaties made here in America with the Native Americans how can you expect to sign treaties with other nations like Korea Russia they just won't believe you Trump Japan China and other nations and expect them to abide by your treaties

  19. Unknown says:

    And The Never Ending Trail Of Tears Continues.......

  20. Unknown says:

    this trump should go back too his own country and leave Natives us alone man ever since he got in he really thinks he can just take completely over the whole world must be his old age getting the best of him his wife is way too beautiful for him lol.

  21. Margo says:

    I agree with "Unknown"above. Treatises signed, whether in the 18th, 19th,20th, centuries should be honored. If he thinks the treaties with the USA are nothing to worry about then I'm sure other countries around the world will take a second look at him and his narcissistic signatures that he proudly displays like he was a king.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Maybe the blacks need free health care.

  23. Unknown says:

    What a load of Buffalo dung, we're all people of the world shaped by our local history into one homogeneous tribe. Get over this "I deserve more respect because my forebears were here first. It's history, nothing more.

  24. Unknown says:

    when has the amerikan gov't ever honored any treaty or agreement with the native peoples...this doesn't surprise me one bit

  25. Stephanie says:

    I am not American Indian but I do have a question for those of you who are. Why don't the tribes apply to be states within the Federal Government instead of independent nations? States have powerful rights equal with the Federal Government and the citizens are covered by the Bill of Rights as well.

  26. Stephanie; You have no idea what you're asking. Just research for your answer if you're truly interested. Trump is going full speed on his threat and promise to get even. He threatened he would get even with Native Americans and he's trying his best to fulfill his vendetta. They refused him a piece of the Casino pie, and he lost his shit. He tried to open his own Casino and it failed,...pretty much like his University. He started with DAPL, and will carry on until he can do brutal and excessive damage.

  27. chiefmtn says:

    The Treaties are a peace accord.Terms include health and education in trade for most of,..return Montana. We'll be fine..Sheriff then work for us and we elect new president our style.

  28. src says:

    vengeance politics. here's the possible worst scenario - the admin accepts the claim of sovereignty and rejects any responsibility to fund the welfare of a sovereign nation - i.e., you're on your own, kiddos. we'll build walls around the res.
    but i don't think that would really get any traction in congress.

  29. Unknown says:

    ..then the annihilation process will take on a new phase towards eventual obliteration

  30. Unknown says:

    I do not consider this right move. You Trump try to take our rights away. Not. Cool. Or right. One Nation one stand.

  31. Ak Joy says:

    Return our lands, pay back rents & an interest in all resources taken from those lands.

  32. Unknown says:

    This man is running way too fast the wrong direction, He is for only the rich, and I'll never know why he concentrates on the little guy's. Well maybe soon we can wave goodby. As he springs off on his silver spoon.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Trump means to break treaties and confiscate what remains of tribal lands. And, of course, he will propose building or taking over profitable hotels and casinos.

  34. Unknown says:

    AM am not ashamed to be an American citizen. But I am very ashamed of the POTUS, Donald Trump. Even before he got into office, he propagated and promoted hate, ignorance, oppression, and blatant lies. He publicly mocked a disabled man; he publicly derided a Gold Star military family; he has publicly labeled immigrants as thieves, rapists, murders, terroists; he refuses to differentiate between civil rights groups and white supremacists; his man-child narcissistic behaviors are legend of the worst kind. His policies and agenda are clearly to favor the wealthy, the mega-corporations, the insurance industry, and big pharma. In the checkered history of our country, he has proven himself to be the most divisive POTUS ever.
    s history.

  35. Tim Nolan says:

    White man speak with fork tongue. Where in all of this planet earth or under what rock was the evil compost hatched?

  36. Unknown says:

    What an awful thing to do to our Native People across the country!😑
    Praying for our leaders to stand up this.πŸ™πŸ½

  37. Unknown says:

    I agree with what unknown writes.
    21:31 comment.

  38. Anonymous says:

    I don't know who "Anonymous," was that posted sovereign Natives from Sovereign Federally Recognized Tribes don't have social security numbers and we need to rescind our US citizenship to be recognized is an idiot. Read a book on Federal Indian law before you start spewing your assume assine comments.

  39. Anonymous says:

    How the FU€|《 are most even with disability supposed to do that you FU€|《ed up man even with surgeries that messed up some cant stay up long hours an overtime not even many jobs in villages should come up an build more for them to work those that dont want to leave the village or like the polluted azz cities

  40. Anonymous says:

    Some one got to take one for the team to end this

  41. Anonymous says:

    If they are separate nations then why would we ever pay for their healthcare, this is rediculous, they get a job.

  42. Unknown says:

    The jobs are scarce on the reservations. But since he doesn't live on one, how would he know? He could use his money to create jobs. Not all Natives get money from their tribe. The Navajo Nation and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes don't. Let us ones that don't get a per capita (an allotted amount of money) keep ours.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Uh, you say jobs are scarce on the reservations, you can leave the reservation and get a job. You aren't forced to stay there. Lot's of Native Americans leave the reservation and live elsewhere. I have to agree with the above statement, if you are wanting to be a separate nation then you should pay for your own healthcare. It's the 21st century and it's rough for everybody. Time to break some of your traditions and embrace the suck all of us live with. Crappy jobs and even crappier healthcare.

  44. Unknown says:

    If president Trump can't up hold treaties here with Native Americans how does he expect other countries to believe he'll uphold treaties with them

  45. Anonymous says:

    The problem is that tribes nation uphold the oath to protect nature for over abusing resources, I believe in the mutual respect for nature and the importance to maintain a balance for a continuous development. The agreement between nature and us as society has been always on the question. The truth that society has never been exempt to evolution and even that we all want peaceful, decent, and gracious lives. We must not forget that without our resources, simply economy will be a fiction to humanity. . As the paper we have given so much value over own resources and wisdom. We as society we not only have a responsibility within our future but also with nature. Were we all are part life. Even tho I can understand that society agreements and regulations have to be met in order for our economic system to function we must not forget, What is really the price, We as society willing to invest to take us to next level? What will happen if we don't make it? As corporations we have the responsibility to invest in our communities so we can empower more sustainable and responsible businesses. Please empower and research those companies that care for society and with that you will be investing for greater future.


  46. We are a human race

  47. The Europeans are illegally occupying our country and hiding behind their courts, their military, their god, their law enforcement, their institutions, their lies, their money etc etc etc........

  48. Unknown says:

    Can I say fuck you and not be offensive

  49. Anonymous says:


  50. Unknown says:

    I'm confused, aren't native tribes considered to be a race that originally immigrated over the land bridge from Asia?

  51. Unknown says:

    trumpty trying to rewrite history, tuh! There is a reason we are sovereign our ancestors were slaughtered for our lands, treaties signed and broken�� Race, my ass, we are the first true people and the REAL united states government knows this! Someone educate this ninny and all ninnies who think otherwise! History "is what it is!!!!!!!".

  52. Unknown says:

    I continually see pictures of Native Americans in poverty. Are they allowed to be this way because they are allowed to live as they want? I question this style of government. Yes, in America's failure also. Is it wise to have a society that does not work at/for something?

  53. For the people who feel that this is a cut and dried sovereign peoples don't get medicaid meant for US citizens issue, try to remember the miles and miles of roadways that US citizens drive on every year that are maintained by the indigenous populations without the financial resources that states and communities come by from the federal government. This is a complex issue; don't try to reduce it to a sound bite.

  54. Unknown says:

    This is one of the many reasons I want to leave no respect for others

  55. Unknown says:

    Trump you’ve gone too far!!!! This is distasteful.....

  56. Anonymous says:

    Trump does not have a clue as to the identity of an indigenous people and what a sovereign nation is. Remember, this is the same idiot who said when the protests were happening at Standing Rock that Native American Indians needed to go back to India. Trump is unfit to hold office as are those legislators that support him.

  57. Honor the laws. Anything the last 3 presidents signed should be questioned. Maintain all u wish but within the laws.

  58. Unknown says:

    # 45 agent Orange this M/F Needs to go. why did they Impeach his ass all ready.

  59. Unknown says:
    see:video @:

  60. Unknown says:

    He's been dissing Native Americans for a long time; especially their casinos.
    I just realized, if Native Americans lose their sovereign nation status, they would likely lose their rights to have casinos, which have been very helpful to the members of a numbers of tribes.
    My wife worked for the Oklahoma employment agency ( Workforce Oklahoma) for over 20 years. She said the Indian casinos employ more Oklahomans than any other industry. This could be devastating.

  61. Ok so what is your response if this president breaks the treaties. The American Indian Movement should have a response to this. This should be a Call To Action. Petitions and peaceful protests have very little impact.

  62. Anonymous says:

    All I can say us WOW...what else are you going to take away from us Native Americans?

  63. Anonymous says:

    Wow so the orange man want's to strip us natives of health care even though it was them who invaded our land slaughtered our people enslaved us and nearly brought us to extinction and he thinks its ok to just try and do that i think not.

  64. nm156 says:

    The Orangutan Lookin' MotherF***** has surpassed his Legitimacy as a, so called 'Leader'. Obviously, his concept of History does not go further than his bottomline & of his misaligned BBC(Billionaire Boys Club).

  65. Anonymous: You must be a Caucasian that is afraid to show your identity!!

  66. Anonymous says:

    Yes impeach him stupid..we are a race of people ...ww are also.soberiegn as part of the treaties n those treaties that was wrote years ago is what the United States constitution is based on

    You need to.learn your history.

    The true founding fathers was never m one of you in the white house it was was our people the United States government killed

  67. Anonymous says:

    Trump is a no good white man and the best thing we can do is vote him out along with Mitch McConnell . We do have a first Native in office , maybe we should get behind her Deb Haaland !!!

  68. Unknown says:

    comrade trump strikes again

  69. Peggy says:

    Hey, y'all ever hear of 1 nation under GOD? Put a native in as president. If a black man can do it why not a native?

  70. Unknown says:


  71. Unknown says:

    Other countries know our American Indian history better than our own country. Honoring a treaty is paramount in law universally. Looking at the broken treaties in the past in the U.S. With the tribal nations leaves doubt of mistrust by the other countries . Now we are witnessing a total denial of our treaties, sovereignty and human rights. Saving face, as a country, does not exist for there is no true justice, with the exception of going through United Nations forum.

  72. tps says:

    As an Anglo, I am incensed by Trump. Seeing the sovereign nations in racial terms returns us to Germany in January 1933. We cannot allow this fascist move.

  73. neache says:

    The Greed of the "white eyes" never ends, I am outraged by this action they are trying to engage in. What a sorry excuse for an Administration, Republicans are evil the leader of the evil goes under the name of TRUMPF ONE WORD FOR HIM GF

  74. Unknown says:


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