There's a story many tribal communities know: companies come in and promise jobs. Once the resource is consumed, the company disappears, leaving toxic waste. Once there were at least jobs cleaning up the mess. Now even these jobs are gone.
The story of Alaska and Montana is not front and center in the health-care debate in the House, but it should be. Both states get a raw deal under the GOP's plan, and Montana doesn't even get a vote.
Trump's "America First" budget brings significant harm to the First Americans. It may force cuts of as much as 18 percent to the Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other programs that are vital to our life.
Trump's plans to defund the EPA, State Department, Department of Energy, and domestic violence agencies to raise $54 billion for new military spending will hit Native Americans especially hard.
The showdown over the North Dakota Access Pipeline is is now a test of the federal courts. Will that institution follow the order of the acting secretary, and the president of the United States?
Trump's plan calls for a reduction of $10.5 trillion in spending over the next decade. Except he calls for an increase in military spending meaning that domestic programs would have to take even bigger cuts in order to reach the total.
President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system. And so far the path looks to be chaotic.
Across Indian Country there are rallies, phone banks, forums, and social media pitches that are repeating one message, vote. Native American voters can make the difference in key states from the presidential race to county commissions.