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Gov. Brown disputes feds on tribal sovereignty issue

SALEM, Ore. - Governor Kate Brown on Monday affirmed the sovereignty of Oregon's nine federally recognized Indian tribes and their right to health care in the face of suggestions from the federal government that the tribes be considered racial groups instead of sovereign nations.

Governor Brown's statement comes as a reaction to the possibility raised by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the federal government may not be obligated to require states to exempt federally recognized Indian tribes from Medicaid work requirements.


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