Sequestration Hits Native Americans Hardest
And that’s putting it lightly.
In the 19th century, Native American tribes surrendered millions of acres of land to the federal government. In return, they were promised funded health care, housing, and education. The catch? Funds are getting cut.
Sequestration, or the federal budget cuts, reduced mental health service funds by 5%. This cut drastically impairs Native Americans because of their troubling suicide rates (which are four times the national average).
Despite the cuts, there are still suicide prevention programs geared specifically for Native Americans. Some, like the program at Native Americans for Community Action, provide free or low-cost mental and physical health care. Still, budgets for these programs continue to get cut, meaning less workshops and care are available.
What other damages to the Native American community do you think will occur with the sequestration?