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  • Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women

    Harrison Mantas, Cronkite News|Updated Apr 8, 2020

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-President Donald Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel of federal officials Tuesday to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women. Trump told tribal leaders gathered at the White House for the signing that the "Operation Lady Justice" task force is long overdue, calling statistics related to missing and murdered indigenous women "sobering and heartbreaking." The executive order signed Tuesday creates a...

  • Tribes will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland

    Harrison Mantas, Cronkite News|Updated Nov 3, 2019

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-Twenty-six tribes will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130 years ago. Tribes include the Hopi, Navajo, Southern Ute Tribe, Mescalero Apache, tribes of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, and others. The repatriation, announced Wednesday during Finnish President Sauli Niinistö's visit to the White House, follows years of cooperation between the tribes and the...

  • Tribal health insurance coverage rose, but still trailed U.S. average

    Harrison Mantas, Cronkite News|Updated Nov 3, 2019

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The number of people who showed up at Indian Health Service facilities with health insurance rose from 64% of patients in 2013 to 78% in 2018, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report said growth in coverage was highest in states, like Arizona, that expanded their Medicaid programs as part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Despite the gains, however, the share of people without insurance at the 73 IHS facilities...

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