Udall, Luján Address Health Issues for Urban Native Americans

U.S. SENATOR TOM UDALL AND U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BEN RAY LUJÁN

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and U.S. Senator Tom Udall.

 

U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the primary federal agency responsible for providing health care to American Indian and Alaska Natives through federally operated facilities that provide services directly on reservation lands, Tribally run facilities, and urban Indian nonprofit run facilities. All three types of facilities are available in New Mexico.

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Risky Changes to NM Public Health On Tap at State Water Commission Hearing

Ramona Blaber

SIERRA CLUB RIO GRANDE CHAPTER

           

This media alert came in late, just after 5 p.m., perhaps too late for most people with an interest in the matter to react, but, better late than never, here it is:

WHEN: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. MT

WHERE: Room 317, State Capitol Building | 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

WHO: — Impacted residents of New Mexico’s “Dairy Row” — Members of the Citizen Dairy Coalition, the community group Rio Valle Concerned Citizens, and the organizations Amigos Bravos, & Gila Resources Information Project   — Representatives of the Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter

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New Mexicans Deliver Their Methane Comments

Ramona Blaber

SIERRA CLUB

On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and in Santa Fe, New Mexicans delivered comments to Bureau of Land Management field offices. The comments were among thousands from New Mexico and at least 200,000 nationwide voicing opposition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed delay of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule for two years.

“The BLM’s Methane rule is win-win for the public, industry and our local economy. We can clean up our air here in the center of the nation’s biggest methane cloud, and the state of New Mexico AND the oil and gas industry can make money plugging their leaks and eliminating waste,” said Katee McClure, Aztec city commissioner. “Capture the escaping methane; use it as an energy source and make money for the state. Clean up the air and create jobs for our community.”

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New Mexicans Gear Up to Confront Interior Secretary Zinke Over the Air We Breathe

Ramona Blaber

SIERRA CLUB

The San Juan Basin, our  neighboring methane gas producing area.

 

Parents, faith leaders and elected officials will gather at BLM offices statewide Monday to deliver comments opposing another attempt to undermine a key BLM safeguard that would reduce methane waste from oil and gas operations on public lands.

New Mexico citizens have commented in overwhelming support of these rules again and again. The two-year delay proposed would undermine public health and royalty income to New Mexico and allow oil and gas companies to continue leaking methane and other toxic pollution into the air we breathe. New Mexicans will deliver comments in person on the last day of the BLM’s public-comment period on the proposed delay.

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Get Yourself and Your Family Covered

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

Beginning this week, New Mexicans can visit our state’s health insurance exchange at www.bewellnm.com to shop for health insurance plans for 2018. If you have questions, you can also call 1-833-862-3935 to talk to an enrollment counselor for free. Coverage options will be available until the open enrollment period ends on December 15.
I am working to ensure that our communities have everything they need to get the facts about the Affordable Care Act. For additional helpful information, I encourage you and your family to visit the Health Care Resources page on my website.
Please make sure all members of your family get covered. If I can be of further assistance to you in enrolling in health coverage – including through New Mexico’s health insurance exchange or through Medicare or Medicaid – please call my office nearest you or write to me.

Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare Bill Disastrous for Indian Health Care

U.S. Senator Tom Udall

UNITED STATES SENATE

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on the Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill’s effects on health care in Indian Country:

“Senate Republicans are trying to force through the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill — another version of TrumpCare that would be truly disastrous for American Indians and Alaska Natives. The bill’s massive cuts to the Medicaid program would devastate access to life-saving health care across Indian Country. The Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare legislation is an irresponsible and dangerous abdication of our federal government’s trust responsibilities to Tribes. If enacted, this bill would jeopardize the health and lives of Native Americans in Tribal and urban Indian communities everywhere.

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Why Buy at Your Farmers Market

By Jennifer Olson

JEMEZ FARMERS MARKET

At the Farmers Market, you can talk to the growers and get to how your food is treated before you get it. You can ask what kind of seeds they use and what practices they employ. You can even get suggestions on how to cook what they are offering. Our growers usually employ organic, sustainable, earth friendly practices to bring you fresh picked, delicious, nutritious produce.

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They’re Out to Kill and Maim Us All

By R.W.

Are these the bizarre ramblings of unhinged conspiracy theorists: the majority of U.S. politicians is in a pact with criminal organizations to kill and disable untold numbers of Americans?

Not at all. Of course this is true.

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Neurotoxic Pesticide Returns to our Grocery Shelves

By U.S. Senator Tom Udall

UNITED STATES SENATE

In March, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt contradicted the findings of his own agency’s scientists and reversed the EPA’s proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide used on fruits and vegetables derived from a class of World War II nerve agents that has been shown to impair brain development in children. Latino farmworkers who live in rural communities are at the highest risk, but the pesticide has been detected in drinking water and on picked fruits and vegetables sold in stores. Even oranges that have been washed and peeled have been shown to contain chlorpyrifos. We must act to protect the health of children, farmers and farmworkers. Join me in speaking out, and stay tuned for more information in coming days.

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Grasshopper Bait Available at the Jemez Springs Farmers Market

By Jennifer Olson

JEMEZ SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET

This week at the Farmers Market we will have arugula, balms, beets, cabbage, cards, carrots, chard, cinnamon rolls, coffee, collards, cucumbers, eggs, garlic, herbs, honey, jams. jewelry, kale, lettuce, onions, photos, radishes, soaps, spinach, tomatoes, turnips, wristees, yogurt, zucchini, and endless possibilities of fruits and nuts and other great stuff, plus grasshopper bait.

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New Fitness Center Breaks Ground

PUEBLO OF JEMEZ HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Tribal Councilmen, the Governors, tribal staff and community members gathered at the Walatowa Youth Center on Thursday, June 29, to officially break ground for the new Fitness Center to be built adjacent to the building. Tribal Administrator Senator Benny Shendo, Jr. welcomed the group and served as emcee. Adam Waquie offered the opening prayer.

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Playing Cynical Games with the Lives and Health of the American People

By R.W.

Surprise!

Having failed to get acceptance for his proposed health care act President Trump has now offered his latest solution: do nothing, sabotage the system by allowing it to completely collapse, hope the worst will happen and then see how everyone feels; see if they still show willing to resist his proposals.

“As I have always said,” tweeted Trump, though he had never actually said so before, “let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!”

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232 Percent Increase in Native Uninsurance Would Devastate New Mexico’s Tribal Communities

By Sharon Kayne

Communications Director, NM VOICES FOR CHILDREN

By slashing Medicaid and making marketplace coverage unaffordable, the U.S. Senate Republican health bill would have devastating consequences for New Mexico’s Native Americans. The uninsured rate among Native Americans in New Mexico would jump an estimated 232 percent under the bill, according to a new report from the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.“The Senate Republican health bill would be devastating to Native American people living in New Mexico,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “Our tribal communities are the cultural backbone of our state and have proven their resiliency despite centuries of challenges. These communities already face significant barriers to getting health care, despite centuries-old treaties and promises. A bill that makes things worse is unacceptable.”

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Udall Calls TrumpCare ‘Catastrophic’ for Indian Country

By U.S. Senator Tom Udall

Curtesy photo.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on the devastating effects of the Senate TrumpCare bill on Native Americans’ access to life-saving health care services:

“Native Americans would be among those hardest hit by this disastrous Senate TrumpCare bill. As vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I’ve heard from many Tribes who are deeply concerned about the lack of Tribal consultation in TrumpCare – and about how devastating this bill would be for access to life-saving health care services in Indian Country.

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Nukes and  Marshmallows

By R.W.

Last year, for the third year in a row, the Energy Department and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board listed the possibility of an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction (criticality) in our neighboring town of Los Alamos as one of the most pressing problems facing the nuclear weapons program.

In a field of zero tolerance for mistakes, the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) appears to be performing a high risk act at great cost not just to its employees, as in the possibility offered above, but also to neighboring communities, the country’s taxpayers and possibly to the whole planet. We in the Jemez are one of those neighboring communities, and liable to be among the first to suffer the consequences of the culture of neglect that pervades the lab. There is no emergency notification system for all of us that live in the backyard of the lab, we need to be prepared for surprises, but it would at least be nice to know what these might be.

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New Mexico Department of Health Launches Awareness Campaign to Prevent Spread of Zika Virus

Yesterday, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced the launch of a summer campaign to educate the public about Zika virus prevention. The campaign focuses on providing information to pregnant women and their partners who may be considering travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

The prevention efforts are being supported by television and radio spots throughout New Mexico as well as billboards and movie theater advertising.

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Let Them Eat…Salt

By R.W.

Courtesy photo.

Sonny Perdue at lunch.

 

One in four children in New Mexico is at risk of hunger, according to a report put out by the Map the Meal Gap 2017, making our state the second worst in the nation. Sandoval County is not listed among the most affected counties in the state, but most people living in the Jemez must be aware of areas of extreme poverty up and down the valley. This is reflected by the number of students at the local schools who qualify for free/reduced breakfasts and lunches: 86 percent.

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Victory for Public Lands and Families Across America

By Mona Blaber

SIERRA CLUB RIO GRANDE CHAPTER COMMUNICATIONS 

The methane cloud over the Four Corners.

 

Today, every Senate Democrat and three Republicans voted down a procedural vote that would have paved the way for revoking a Bureau of Land Management rule to prevent leaking and flaring of methane from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands.

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Soak the Poor to Feed the Rich

By R.W.

Courtesy Photo.

(And no, this is not a group of white men, not entirely, look very carefully).

 

For those voters in the last presidential election who believed Trump’s promise of a health care bill that will “cover everyone” and take care of people with preexisting conditions, his triumph at seeing the House  pass a bill with those provisions denied must be just a little puzzling. His new plan benefits those who are high earners and punishes those who are sick and poor.

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TrumpCare Will Be A Disaster For New Mexico

By Martin Heinrich, U.S. Senator for New Mexico

UNITED STATES SENATE

 

President Trump and Republicans in Congress are rushing through a disastrous plan that threatens health coverage for thousands of New Mexico families. Under the Republican health care plan, hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans will lose their coverage – stripping away health insurance from children, seniors, hardworking families, and decimating health care in rural New Mexico.

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Fighting Harmful Gas Emissions and the Wasting of State’s Taxpayer Money

By U.S. Senator Tom Udall

 

Each year in New Mexico, $100 million in taxpayer resources are wasted from the leaking, venting and flaring of natural gas on public lands. Last year, the Bureau of Land Management created a new rule to save taxpayers’ money and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by curbing this unnecessary natural gas waste.

But now, oil and gas lobbyists in Washington are putting pressure on congressional Republicans to repeal this common-sense measure to stop waste and protect taxpayers, public health and the environment.

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Food Pantries in the Jemez Valley

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If you or someone you know is struggling with adequate food resources or food security, you should know that there are three food pantries in the Jemez Valley that provide help. Jemez Helping Hands stocks and facilitates a food pantry at Jemez Pueblo. Contact Louise Bradley at 834-0402, Susan Minter at 829-3912, or Sharon Palma at 829-3185 for more information about access.

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Cannabis Legalization Voted Down but Prescribed Heroin Still Promoted in New Mexico

By R.W.

 

Not many people are aware that the pain killer often proscribed by doctors is the highly addictive drug heroin. It is disguised under many labels, but opioid painkillers are pharmaceutical-grade heroin produced in a laboratory.

Patients receiving prescriptions for painkillers are generally not warned by doctors that they are receiving a very dangerous addictive drug, a narcotic with a molecular structure nearly identical to heroin. Since the peddler is a respected member of society, a doctor backed by reputable pharmaceutical companies, not some sleazy dealer lurking in dimly lit back streets of an inner city ghetto, the public can easily assume the drug is safe.

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Crime Made Legal

By R.W.

We’re no #1 yet, but that is a challenge which our legislators show willing to meet.

It’s obvious, but still worth repeating: legislators in the pocket of interest groups most likely do not represent public interest. Thousands of people in northwest New Mexico have been lied to by their public water system operator and told that the toxic water that comes out of their taps is safe to drink. It is legal to lie to the public on such matters, or at least so has determined the New Mexico House of Representatives.

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It’s Over Our Heads

By R.W.

 

The area marked by the circle is the central part of the Jemez Valley (I think, I hope). Since the warm colored areas are increasing in size, they do appear as if they will encroach on us and other heavily populated areas.

The methane that leaks from gas wells in the Four Corners area  is colorless and odorless, and visible only from space in shots taken from satellites. Even if you are not concerned about its effect on climate change, this is a dangerous pollutant descending on us, linked to respiratory disease and cancer. It is also a horrendous waste of resources in a poverty stricken state, with over $100 million a year floating out into the atmosphere.

And, it is here not just to stay, but to grow over our heads.

 

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