Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Call for Action

Urge Speaker Pelosi to Pass Indian Health Including the Cherokee Nation

The reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act is urgent: the lives of over 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives are at stake, including those of the Cherokee Nation. Current health conditions, services, and facilities are totally inadequate. The health system must be modernized.

The Senate has passed legislation, but action in the House is stalled. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA) has the power to change that situation by including the Cherokee Nation. Urge the Speaker to push for quick passage of H.R. 1328, including provisions to fund Cherokee Health Care. Unless the speaker puts her weight behind this bill the health improvement legislation might be dead and the success to date this year could go "down the drain."

Call the Speaker's office:
The phone number is 202-225-4965.
Ask for Chief of Staff John Lawrence.
Let him know you support the IHCIA (H.R. 1328) however, it needs to include the Cherokee Nation.
Respectfully request the Speaker's support in passing the bill in the House with inclusion of the Cherokee Nation.