When Barack Obama was running for president, he made it a point to visit Indian reservations. Among other promises, he said he was committed to "providing quality, affordable healthcare...on reservations all across America." The result -- Obama won strong support from Native Americans. But years of bare-bones funding for the Indian Health Service has already forced one Northwest tribe to go its own way.
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