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Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association Endorses Dakotans for Health

Updated: Apr 26

You can read the official resolution HERE. You can donate to support this effort HERE.

Rapid City, South Dakota

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association (GPTCA), made up of 16 Federally recognized Native Nations from South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and Nebraska has endorsed Dakotans for Health and its efforts to fight voter suppression and expand Medicaid. Announced Dakotans for Health Tribal Spokesman Remi Beautiful Bald Eagle and GPTCA Executive Director Gay Kingman.

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association Chairmen Harold Frazier described a "movement" heralding the group as a "true friend" of Indian Country:

"We know Dakotans for Health can be trusted to do what is right for Indian Country. That is why the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen are proud to support their effort to expand Medicaid and fight voter suppression."
"We call on all friends of Indian Country to get behind this important movement"

What you need to know

Dakotans for Health has been leading the effort to expand Medicaid to 42,000 South Dakotans and tribal members. They are also leading the effort to refer the recent voter suppression act, HJR 5003. The measure was passed in March by the South Dakota State Legislature. It targets the citizen initiated constitutional amendment petition to expand Medicaid buy requiring a supermajority vote of 60% to pass.

How you can help

Right now the top priority is recruiting petition circulators and raising funds to fight HJR 5003 and qualify Medicaid expansion. You can sign up to circulate a petition HERE. You can make a 2X MATCHED donation HERE.

What they are saying

The group has received widespread praise from tribal leaders and member alike including Rosebud Sioux Nation President, Rodney Bordeaux who extolled grassroots group's 'reliability' and deep commitment to Indian Country:

“"I would like to thank Dakotans for Health for taking on this important effort to expand Medicaid. We know they can be relied on to be a strong voice for Indian Country"
"A strong voice for Indian Country"

Other leaders echoed Bordeaux sentiment including Yankton Sioux Tribal Chairman Robert Flying Hawk who, along with Bordeaux, was an early supporter of the effort:

Dakotans for Health values America’s diverse middle class, and the union workers who built and preserve it. SMART and the Eastern South Dakota Building Trades are proud support their effort to extend health insurance to 42,000 people who need it. It is what Build Back Better is all about.-mark rogers
"People's lives literally depend on it"

Lower Brule Sioux Tribal President Clyde Estes lauded Flying Hawk's sentiment citing the critical importance of health insurance and the tribes familiarity with the organizers at Dakotans for Health:

The folks involved at Dakotans for Health have lived in or worked with Indian Country their entire lives. We know they can be trusted to do what is right and are proud to support their important campaign to expand Medicaid" -Chairman Clyde Estes
"They can be trusted to do what is right"

Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chairman Peter Lengkeek who , like Bald Eagle, is a former combat veteran, agreed:

Dakotans for Health has a deep commitment to the earth and to the well being of Indian Country. I am grateful for their efforts to improve our healthcare systems."-Chairman Peter Lengkeek
"A deep commitment"

The show of support from Indian Country has been resounding for Dakotans for Health, but it is to be expected said Santee Sioux President Tony Reider:

Dakotans for Health and the people who run it are longtime friends to Indian Country. That is why you see such deep support for their efforts. We know they will do what it takes.
"Longtime friends"

Dakotans for Health Co-Founder Rick Weiland was thrilled to see such a strong showing of support from the Association and all sixteen of the tribal chairmen:

“We are humbled and honored to have the support of the Great Plains tribal chairmen's association. Working class people deserve access to quality healthcare and affordable prescription drugs. Let's roll.” Dakotans for Health Co-Founder, Rick Weiland said.
"Honored to have the support of our Native Nations"

The endorsements represent all of the federally recognized tribes in the midwest plains states and come on the heals of several others groups has received from the states spiritual institutions, rural organizing networks, as well as the AFL-CIO.

The non-partisan South Dakota Legislative Research Council has estimated that 42,500 people would be eligible for Medicaid health insurance if the ballot measure is successful. South Dakota is one of 12 states that has refused to participate in the program.


About Dakotans for Health

Dakotans for Health, an emerging group of public officials, caregivers, health care advocates, and concerned citizens supporting the expansion of Medicaid. We have released COMPREHENSIVE MATERIALS for our volunteers to start circulating a petition for a Constitutional Amendment to expand Medicaid. Get yours today!

Urgent! Help us refer HJR 5003. A plot by the South Dakota legislature to kill Medicaid expansion!

House Joint Resolution 5003 is aimed to kill Medicaid expansion

Dakotans for Health submitted a HJR 5003 referral petition to the state on March 11th which was rejected by the Secretary of State and is challenging that decision in the South Dakota Supreme Court. You can learn more about this and get involved HERE.


Help Secure Ballot Access for Medicaid Expansion and Defeat HJR 5003

Support the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association. Make a donation to expand Medicaid and defend voting rights in South Dakota. You can donate online HERE.

Obama Campaign Manager Steve Hildebrand on the importance of Grassroots Organizing and Dakotans for Health's campaign to expand Medicaid:

You can watch the full episode with Steve HERE

Message from Montana Governor Steve Bullock to Dakotans for Health petition circulators:

You can watch the full episode with Governor Bullock HERE

One neighbor. Helping another. That's something Tom Daschle understands.

You can watch the full episode with Senator Daschle HERE

Get involved. Volunteer, start circulating a petition, and donate! Text "Medicaid" to (772) 577-2336

Dakotans for Health volunteer QR code.
Join our Grassroots Network (open your camera app and point)

Circulate a Medicaid Expansion Petition (How to)

Want to circulate a petition? We have been on the streets since November of last year! You can find everything you need HERE.

HHS Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield supports Dakotans for Health and you can too!

You can watch the full episode with Secretary Wakefield HERE

Earl Pomeroy knows a thing or two because he's seen a thing or two.

You can watch the full episode with Congressman Pomeroy HERE

KELO: League of Women Voters Medicaid Expansion Petition Signing Event With Dakotans For Health

You can view the full KELO story HERE


South Dakota is one of twelve states who has yet to expand Medicaid under the ACA
North Dakota expanded Medicaid in 2015. The program has brought hundreds of millions of additional dollars into the state:
Montana expanded Medicaid in 2015 as well. The program brings an additional $600 Million a year to the state:

Visual Learner Summary: according to the fiscal note released by the South Dakota Legislative Research Council last July, South Dakota, upon the expansion of Medicaid, will $15 back for every $1 it puts in. A 15:1 Return On Investment.

#MedicaidExpansionSD #Medicaid #MedicaidExpansion #SouthDakota #NorthDakota #Montana


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