Trump Wants to Classify Native Americans as ‘Race’ Not Nations | News | teleSUR English
The U.S. Donald Trump administration has proposed a major change to Native Americans health program, by dismissing their sovereignty and classifying them as a race, under which the Indigenous communities will be included in Medicaid work rules, a move which could further marginalize them and pose a serious threat to their health access.
So far, three U.S. states, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Indiana have taken the lead to institute work-requirements which would make them eligible for Medicaid, paving the way for other states to follow the suit. Under the Medicaid requirements, the participants will have to work between 20 to 80 hours each month in order to continue receiving the health insurance.
The tribal leaders are contesting the U.S. administration’s stance, which they say, violates the centuries-old protection treaties signed by President George Washington, and reaffirmed by the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations, respectively.