Tara Gatewood is a journalist and host & producer of Native America Calling Podcast.
Native Americans who receive health care through the Indian Health Service might think signing up for federal Medicare programs might seem redundant and costly. But for many elders over 65, it could add up to a significant cost savings and improve care in the long run. Medicare, for instance, can help cover the cost of prescriptions that IHS might not. The program has a reputation as being complicated, but elder advocates say it’s usually worth the effort and there are lots of resources to help.
Federal officials are trying to reach eligible Alaska Native Vietnam-era veterans to let them know about a program to give them land allotments of up to 100 acres in Alaska. Also, the U.S. Supreme Court’s momentous decision is the final word on recognizing the Muscogee Creek Nation reservation in Oklahoma. The ruling likely has implications for the state’s other tribes. But state officials are already pushing federal legislation to extend the state’s criminal jurisdiction to tribal land to offset the impact of the High Court’s decision. We'll try to untangle this maze of jurisdictional lines with tribal experts. Also the election is not far off, but COVID
In order to know how to decolonize it’s important to know where we came from. This is something that the author Leo Killsback, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation touches on in the book, “A Sacred People.” It is part one of a two-volume set that opens up the discussion on traditional leadership. The book explores the Cheyenne ways of thinking and the pre-contact Cheyenne world view.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Alaska remains relatively low, but the high rate of infection makes it a coronavirus hotspot. While urban centers are hit hard, many remote villages remain virus free. Also, the commercial fishing industry remains up and running posing a continuing threat to residents in port communities. Is there a single health protection policy that can apply to a places as vast and diverse as Alaska?
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