Sunday, September 20, 2009


I'M WITH YOU DAVE! (Fox and Friends!)


IHS - Press Release

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IHS Director and Congressional Leaders provide hope to Indian Country about health care reform

Press Release September 15, 2009 For Immediate Release

IHS Director and Congressional Leaders provide hope to Indian Country about health care reform Washington, DC – Traveling thousands of miles, hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) from regions of the United States convened in Washington, DC for the National Indian Health Board’s 26th Annual Consumer Conference.

Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, Director of Indian Health Services (IHS), Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) had an opportunity to talk about health care reform. “I cannot overstate the importance of our partnership as we move forward. I can’t work on trying to change and improve Indian Health Services alone. I need your help and so grateful that you are willing to give your ideas and recommendations because I want us to improve,” said Dr. Yvette Roubideaux.

During the past few months, the IHS Director has held numerous meetings with tribal representatives. Acknowledging the challenges that exist, Roubideaux firmly stated her belief that there is hope in this new President. She told the audience the evidence is found in the13% increase of the IHS funding, the Recovery Act dollars available, the ARRA funding for prevention, and the appointment of Native American professionals to fill positions at the highest level of federal government.

“You have advocates at the White House,” said Roubideaux, “the Secretary said for the first time publicly that the American Indians and Alaska Natives should not be subject to penalties for having health insurance because it is owed to them, Wasn’t that great to hear?...You heard it first! It has never been said before.” (Doesn't do any good at the White House: by the time congress and the congressional black caucus gets done with it - nothing changes!)

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said she has a book of frequently asked questions of Alaskans.

The front cover has the question, “Do Alaska Native people get free medical care?” and at the bottom of the cover the answer said, “No, they paid in advance.” “Let us never forget that the first people paid in advance through the loss of lands, uprooting of people and culture, and enduring a multitude of ill conceived federal policy towards America’s first people that our Congress has been called upon to apologize for,” said Murkowski.

In speaking about the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), Murkowski acknowledged tribes have been waiting and working for twenty years to have it passed and said, “it’s about time for a Signing Ceremony at the White House.”

“First people first! We can’t reform health systems without fulfilling the commitment to improving the healthcare of the first people,” said Murkowski in her closing remarks. “We have obligations and a trust responsibility to provide health care for Native Americans, it is suppose to be free,” said Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

Pallone’s remarks focused on the various health care reform measures that have been discussed in Congress and shared examples of legislation wherein AI/AN needs and input were considered. Directly speaking about IHCIA, Pallone mentioned that this White House administration wanted to move on this issue which is support that hasn’t been there in the past. The congressman urged AI/AN to be consistent in writing and visiting with their representatives to effectuate the change that is needed.

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), known by many as Wyoming’s Doctor, shared his experience in providing health care to native people from the Wind River community. He asked tribal leaders to look with a critical eye, and demand reforms for better services and better health care. (well, let's see, we've been demanding this for 200 years - so what makes us think they'll do it now!)

Senator Barrasso said he knew of one facility used by a tribe that has been existence even before Wyoming became a state. He shared that the average lifespan of women is 80 years, for men it is 70 years, but on the Wind River reservation the average lifespan is 50. “This must stop. We can do better. We must do better, we cannot tolerate this,” said Barrasso, “there is an increased population, a tremendous need, a unique history, and rising expectations. There is a need there like there never has been before. No one should argue against the improvement of Indian health care.” (just more promises! let's see some results!)

National Indian Health Board Chairman Reno Keoni Franklin has asked everyone to, “take a moment to reflect and honor the sacred traditions of all Native People, and recognize the importance of what we do here today for future generations. Our era of reform is just beginning to unfold through the leadership demonstrated by our Nation in responsiveness to our people in the provisions of health care they need and deserve.

The elevation of the health status of American Indians and Alaska Native people will occur in our time; and that time is now.”

### The National Indian Health Board advocates on behalf of all Tribal Governments and American Indians/Alaska Native in their efforts to provide quality health care. (Not much of an advocate! since we still have substandard health care! We have a health care program that isn't even par with what the White House was trying to shove down the American Public's throat - not to mention Congress folks didn't come under the plan either - I'd say until we have the same Health Care Program that Congress has - we're still substandard!

Congress has come under a lot of pressure over the costs of all this Public Option health care - they don't want to lose their *jobs* just to help Indian Country!

We need an Indian in the White House and a whole heck of lot more in Congress....:) )

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

And we're going to make Hwy 169 4 lanes from Nowata to the KS line WHEN?

Highway 66 rehab project to begin in Claremore A much-anticipated construction project will begin in Claremore in just a few short days.

ODOT has announced that the Lynn Riggs (Highway 66) pavement rehabilitation project will begin at 12:01 am, on September 21, 2009. This is approximately two years ahead of schedule.

"When we first approached ODOT about this project, we were told that it was part of their plan for 2011 or 2012. With help from Senator Sean Burrage, Representative Tad Jones and ODOT Director Gary Ridley, who have all been very supportive of traffic projects in and around Claremore, we were able to get this project bumped up to this year," said City Manager Troy Powell.

The much-needed rehabilitation project will consist of milling the asphalt, repairing the deteriorated areas, asphalt overlay and cleaning out the drainage. The construction area will be on Lynn Riggs from just north of Country Club Rd. to just north of Will Rogers Blvd. APAC Construction, the contractor on this project, will close down one lane each direction at a time and is projecting a total project timeline of 180 calendar days.

"We are asking our citizens to be patient and to prepare for congestion. We know that construction is frustrating, but we are more than confident that this will pay dividends in the long run and creating a safer, more comfortable drive down Claremore's section of this historic highway," said Powell.

APAC will be setting up message boards to warn drivers of the construction. These boards will provide information on which lanes will be closed at which times.

The total cost of this project is $4,320,410.93 and will be 100% funded by ODOT.

More Promisses and More Promises!

Obama administration makes new promise on Indian healthBy Rob CapricciosoStory Published: Sep 18, 2009

WASHINGTON – The nation’s top health official has told Indian country health leaders that the Obama administration believes American Indians deserve special consideration in any national reform to health insurance. (Yeah right! Like we're going to really believe this!)

Speaking on Capitol Hill before an audience of Indian health leaders Sept. 15, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius reported that President Barack Obama said in an appearance before a joint session of Congress Sept. 9 that he supports a mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance, much like car insurance.

Such a mandate would require Americans to purchase health insurance with some degree of government assistance, depending on need and income. (Let's see maybe Oprah, should be donating some of her billions to Indian Country)

But Sebelius said clarification was needed for Indian country, which traditionally has high amounts of uninsured, as well as a special relationship with the U.S. government.

“I’m going to make it very clear. ... this is what was left out on Wednesday night: The administration strongly believes that the individual mandate and the subsequent penalties don’t apply to American Indians or Alaska Natives. (this was left out of his Wed speech to congress; well that sure gives Indian Country a warm fuzzy feeling! Forgotten again! Does that surprise anyone!)

“You have already purchased health insurance, it is already part of the agreement we made.”

Sebelius’ words met with loud applause from the hundreds of Native leaders who gathered in the nation’s capitol for a meeting of the National Indian Health Board advocacy organization.
IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux, a citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said Sebelius’ statement was especially noteworthy, since the Obama administration hasn’t laid out many specific health policies; nor has it made many specific policy commitments to American Indians and Alaska Natives. (No surprise here either!)

Mark Trahant, a Kaiser Media Fellow who is examining IHS and its relevance to the national health reform debate, said Sebelius’ promise was important, but he noted that she went farther than both of the current prevailing health reform bills in the Senate and the House. (I see more hollow promises!)

“The Senate is supposed to exempt individual American Indians and Alaskan Natives from penalties, not the insurance requirement,” said Trahant, a citizen of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. “The House bill does nothing in this regard.”

Even if final legislation doesn’t include provisions that exempt Indians, Trahant said the administration could still make good on Sebelius’ promise via added regulations. (Ah, this is still the unknown of any health care reform! Those pesky regulations! How are the locals going to interpret all this ambiguous, high flying language, that no one has read or understands!)

Trahant also noted that IHS coverage, which meets some of the health needs of some Natives, would not qualify under the bills as acceptable insurance coverage, since it’s not an insurance program. (Right it's a treaty right and you know what - there's nothing in those treaties that says individual Indians have to pay for it! Ah those pesky regs again!)

While questions still linger over how health care reform will impact Natives, some tribes, including those of the United Tribes of North Dakota board, have endorsed Obama’s reform plans. The group is made up of all five federally recognized tribes in the state, including the Three Affiliated Tribes, Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

In a resolution passed Sept. 10, the board said it didn’t believe the president’s plans would hurt IHS. Members also believe the president will assist Native Americans who do not have access to health care through IHS.

Beyond the health care reform mandate commitment, Sebelius pointed to the Obama administration’s increased funding to IHS as a sign of its commitment to improving health in Indian country. A 13 percent increase in funding for the agency was included in the 2010 budget, the largest amount given in two decades.

“This is long overdue and well-deserved,” Sebelius said.

The health secretary also affirmed the need for a strong government-to-government relationship with tribes, as well as tribal consultation. As an illustration of that promise, she noted that Roubideaux had consulted with several Indian leaders at a town hall meeting in Washington Sept. 14.

Sebelius also said she is committed to assisting tribal governments cope with the H1N1 virus – believed to be especially dangerous in communities with high incidents of diabetes, which is true in much of Indian country.

After Sebelius’ speech, NIHB Chairman Reno Franklin, a citizen of the Kashia Pomo Tribe, told the audience that the 13 percent increase to IHS was quite impressive. (except when it comes to dental and eyes!)

NIHB board member Cathy Abramson, a councilwoman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, was pleased to hear Sebelius repeatedly state the treaty obligations of the federal government to tribes.

“President Obama is determined to make change in health care reform, and I believe he will do so, while making sure he honors our treaty rights,” Abramson said. (Yada Yada Yada)

Beyond Sebelius’ speech, several members of Congress at the NIHB conference stated their support for improving Indian country health.

In an especially well-received talk, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, highlighted her understanding of federal trust responsibility.

“Let us never forget that the first people paid in advance through the loss of lands, uprooting of people and culture, and enduring a multitude of ill conceived federal policy towards America’s first people that our Congress has been called upon to apologize for,” the member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee said.

Later, when discussing the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Murkowski acknowledged tribes have been waiting and working for 20 years to have it passed, saying, “it’s about time for a signing ceremony at the White House. (20 years! Let's try 200 years!)

“First people first! We can’t reform health systems without fulfilling the commitment to improving the health care of the first people.”

(And just a note for those that don't believe there are *death boards*, well think again; Indian Health Services call them *counseling*; you know what - I think I'll just skip the doctors altogether at the end of my life; so what do I have family for if not to take care of these things! Nope they might be able to *force* paid insurance but can't force you to go to the death doctors!)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It's a great day in America!!

Oh, just loving these tea parties and their move into D.C.....

God Bless you Glen Beck, Sean Hannity and the rest of the Fox News Channel!!

Friday, September 4, 2009



For those of you who watch it, now you know the rest of the story....:)

From what I've gathered, the public doesn't want a public health option, no government health care, like what we have for Indian Health Services...hmmmm, not good enough for the public or congress but good enough for the Indians!

So let's Gitter fixed!

Let's do some of that reforming health care to Indian Health Services...

I mean, they will extract your teeth but won't make you dentures, what kind of a deal is that!!