Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee


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    Since Tammera blocks posts in disagreement,

    I thought I'd try answering this here...we know 'anonymous' reads here constantly.

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    Anonymous
    People don't have to be federally recognized
    Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:09pm


    http://64.38.12.138/News/2010/021337.asp

    The link to the full story is below this excerpt:

    Many people are mistaken that the federal trust obligation is restricted to members of federally recognized Indian tribes. The law that serves as the foundation of contemporary Indian policy, the 1921 Snyder Act (25 USC 13) stipulates that Congress can appropriate federal treasury funds for certain purposes including health for “Indians throughout the United States.” The law does not stipulate whether eligible Indians need to be members of federally recognized Indian tribes nor does it restrict the obligation by geographic limitations as long as the Indian person lives in the United States."

    http://www.marktrahant.com/MarkTrahant.com/Blog/Entries/2010/8/20_OP-ED__Major_struggle_ahead_if_IRSis_to_determine_%E2%80%98Who_is_an_Indian%E2%80%99.html


    MY RESPONSE:

    You don't have to be a member of a federally recognized tribe, however the law is clear you MUST be recognized by the federal government as Indian.

    Re: Since Tammera blocks posts in disagreement,

    Also the tribe that runs each clinic makes rules as well. Some IHS clinics used to take non-enrolled family members, but I don't think they do anymore. Some tribes only take their tribal members at their clinics.

    In certain cases, Medicaid and Medicare will cover federally recognized Indians who do not live in their tribe's service area.

    ‘Government-run’ no longer defines the Indian health system

    http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/opinion/Trahant-Government-run-no-longer-defines-the-Indian-health-system-100907374.html

    Trahant: ‘Government-run’ no longer defines the Indian health system
    By Mark Trahant


    A single phrase is often used to define the Indian health system: “Government-run.” Add those two words to any discussion about health care or reform and most people reach an immediate conclusion about the merits of the agency.

    Now it is time for the phrase to disappear because it no longer accurately describes the Indian health system. After all, tribes or tribally authorized nonprofit agencies administer more than half of the Indian Health Service budget, through the Self-Determination Act or self-governance compacts.

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    full article at link above


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