Tuesday, April 11, 2023

10,000 Native Americans Disenrolled and Denied Healthcare: The Tragic Consequences of Inaction by Congress, Government Agencies and Advocates

Disenrollment of indigenous people is a grave injustice that must be addressed by those purporting to support and defend Native Americans.

This despicable practice, the stripping of tribal citizenship, proven to be born of corruption and greed, has been allowed to flourish under the guise of sovereignty by some tribal governments.

Congress must take action to hold accountable those who misuse their sovereign powers to harm their own people.

As we confront this issue, it is important to recognize the complexity of the historical and cultural context in which it arises. Achieving meaningful and lasting change requires sustained engagement and constructive dialogue between all stakeholders, including indigenous communities, government agencies, legal experts, and Native advocacy groups (NARF, NCAI) and all of US.

As Elie Wiesel famously said, "Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented"

Nowhere is this more evident than in the issue of disenrollment of indigenous people, which has devastated tribal communities across the United States. As individuals, as organizations, and as a society, we must speak out against this injustice and take action to hold those responsible accountable. Neutrality in the face of disenrollment only perpetuates the harm and oppression faced by indigenous people, while silence enables those who perpetrate these abuses. 

It is time for all of us to come together and work towards a more just and equitable society for all, one that upholds the dignity and rights of indigenous communities and respects their unique identities and cultures. The Congress, BIA, DOJ, White House, NCAI, NARF, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and all other stakeholders must take action to halt the destruction of tribal communities and promote healing and reconciliation.


Anonymous said...

In 1942 my Great Grandmother, a full blooded Native American was denied medical attention in a mid Michigan hospital because she was an Indian, she was sent home to die.

In 2016 our family was disenrolled by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe. Medical appointments were canceled by Nimkee Health Clinic days before any family received any notification of Disenrollment . Their stated reason for cancellation was due to being disenrolled from the tribe. They knew in advance the family was disenrolled!!
Family members that needed medicine, oxygen, life saving care cancelled, immediately! Elders were removed immediately from Andahwood Care Facility, dementia patients, elderly special needs care, packed up and pick them up out back!

No help, no care, no nothing! So you tell me how has anything changed, except now the Tribe is doing the harm!

So throughout history Native Americans have been murdered, bounty on your head, scalped, raped, tortured, hung, forced on reservations, stole your land, stole your home, children stolen, denied medical care, no right to vote and now the crime of Disenrollment is being committed by your own people, your own Tribe. From Genocide to paper Genocide.

You keep being silent, your ancestors are so proud! Some paid with their lives , they endured the unimaginable so you can be a coward!

Chief MoFo said...

Thanks for nothing Deb Haaland!!!