On some reservations, the oft-quoted refrain is, “don’t get sick after June,” when the federal dollars run out. It’s a sick joke, and a sad one because it is sometimes true. Indian Health Service fficials said they have about half of what they need to operate, and patients know they must be dying or about to lose a limb to get serious care.
An American Indian who served as the attorney general of Idaho was nominated today to become the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
President Barack Obama nominated Larry EchoHawk, a law professor at Brigham Young University and a member of the Pawnee tribe, to the post.
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