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As 2019 starts to ramp up, we’re already seeing Native American news make national headlines. To ensure our readers stay informed of the news and culture in Native American communities across the country, we’ve compiled our favorite stories from the month of February. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and stay up to date with the latest headlines all year long.

Michelle Obama makes surprise visit to Gila River Indian Community students via AZ Central

  • “Michelle Obama surprised students of the Gila River Indian Community on Tuesday. The former first lady joined Gila River Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, who already was meeting with the students at the Huhugam Heritage Center on the reservation. The select handful of students was sitting around a table when the governor grinned and appeared shocked as Obama entered the room. Obama was in Phoenix for a stop on her book tour. She met with the students to hear their stories about life on the Gila River Reservation south of Phoenix.”

Medicaid expansion has changed the landscape for Native American health care via Independent Record

  • “Todd Wilson has seen first-hand the positive feedback loop that comes from having more people who seek care at Leo Pocha Memorial Clinic walk in the door with health insurance. In 2015, before Medicaid expansion in Montana started, about 80 percent of those who sought care through the Helena Indian Alliance facility did not have health insurance coverage. Montana has historically had one of the highest rates of uninsured American Indians, reaching nearly 43 percent in 2009 before the passage of the Affordable Care Act.”

Elizabeth Warren makes unannounced appearance at Native American luncheon in Washington via CNN Politics

  • “Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday made an unannounced appearance at a lunch on the sidelines of a major Native American conference in Washington. Her remarks came amid continued scrutiny of the Massachusetts senator’s past claims to Native ancestry. According to details provided by a campaign aide after Warren’s appearance at the National Indian Women Honor Luncheon, she introduced Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) chairwoman, Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, a tribal leader and former senior advisor to the assistant secretary of Indian Affairs during the Obama administration. The senator was introduced by New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress last year.”

Native American rights groups are targeting six states to fight voter suppression in 2020 via Pacific Standard

  • “Native American rights advocates who went to bat against voter suppression and disenfranchisement in last year’s mid-term elections—and championed unprecedented voter turnout—are gearing up to renew their fight in key battleground states ahead of the already fraught 2020 presidential elections. ‘We are looking at mobilizing five, maybe six states’ with significant Native American populations and where there have been concerns over voter access and turnout, says OJ Semans, co-director of Four Directions voting rights advocacy group. Semans is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.”
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