Indian Health: Cuts continue a shameful legacy

Indian Health: Cuts continue a shameful legacy – A letter to the editor from Cedar River Group partner Tom Byers, published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (scroll down to the 4th letter), urges Congress to continue funding the Seattle Indian Health Board and its sister agencies nationwide–despite the President’s proposed cut. A recent study by the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute showed that diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression are near epidemic among urban Indians. The Seattle Indian Health Board relies on the federal funding to provide medical services and train physicians. The government needs to fulfill the obligations it took on when signing treaties with the tribes.