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  • Mullin Applauds Passage of Higher Education Funding Bill That Benefits Indian Country
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Native American Affairs

    Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement after the House unanimously passed H.R.2486, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act (FUTURE Act). The FUTURE Act reauthorizes funding programs for minority-serving higher education institutions, including many in Indian Country, through fiscal year 2021. “It is important to invest in higher education institutions that serve Indian Country,” said Mullin. “The College of Muscogee Nation in Ok... Read more

  • Mullin Introduces Bill to Fight Violence Against Native Women and Address Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Native American Affairs

    Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) recently joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce H.R. 4289, the BADGES for Native Communities Act, which fights violence against native women and addresses the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis. The legislation addresses barriers that stand in the way of improving the efficiency of law enforcement agency data sharing and officer recruitment and retention, both of which are imperative to address this crisis. It will also ensure tribes ca... Read more

  • Prevention Is the Key to Staying Healthy
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on August 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues, Native American Affairs

    Mullin speaks on the importance of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. Click here to watch the video. Native Country as a whole is affected by a higher rate of diabetes than any other population. The Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) was established by Congress in 1997 in order to specifically address the diabetes epidemic in Native Americans. According to the Indian Health Service, more than 780,000 patients are served each year under the program. In 2017, SDPI funding in Oklah... Read more

  • Mullin Joins Bipartisan Group to Introduce Bills to Reauthorize and Increase Funding for Special Diabetes Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues, Native American Affairs

    Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) on Friday joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce two bills aimed at reauthorizing and increasing funding for two special diabetes research programs, the Special Statutory Funding Program for Type 1 Diabetes Research (SDP) and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDP-I). Both programs are set to expire on September 30th if action is not taken. The legislation would reauthorize both programs for five years and increase each program’s funding fr... Read more

  • Democrats Block Amendment to Provide Advanced Appropriations for Indian Health Services
    Posted in Press Releases on April 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Native American Affairs

    On Monday, Congressmen Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Tom Cole (R-OK) offered an amendment to the Democrats’ budget bill, the Investing for the People Act, which would provide for the advanced appropriations of the Indian Health Services (IHS). The motion failed to pass in the Rules Committee on a party line vote. “Indian Country has waited too long for quality and consistent health care,” said Congressman Mullin. “Yesterday, I offered an amendment which would have given stability to IHS and ensure... Read more

  • Mullin, Cole Condemn Hateful Vandalism
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Native American Affairs

    Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) reacted after images surfaced of hateful and racist vandalism in two Oklahoma City locations. Today, both the Chickasaw Nation’s Oklahoma City Area Office and the Oklahoma Democratic Party headquarters were vandalized. “There is no place in this country for hate,” said Mullin. “I am saddened to see such hate take place in the great state of Oklahoma. These actions at both the Oklahoma Democratic Party headquarters and the Chic... Read more

  • ROUND-UP: Mullin Committed to Funding IHS During Shutdown
    Posted in In the News on January 24, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues, Native American Affairs

    Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) continues to push the need for the federal government to remove Indian Health Service (IHS) from partisan funding fights. Mullin introduced H.R. 195, the Pay Our Doctors Act, to fund IHS for the next fiscal year. This bill will ensure that tribally-run hospitals and Urban Indian Clinics receive the funding they need to pay their doctors and keep their doors open. MSNBC’s Morning Joe: “Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., is a member of the Cherokee Nation, and he d... Read more

  • Mullin Presses Leadership to Consider Bill to Fund IHS
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues, Native American Affairs

    Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to bring H.R. 195, the Pay Our Doctors Act, to the House floor for consideration. The letter to Speaker Pelosi can be found HERE. Excerpts: “The federal government is currently in violation of hundreds of treaties, trusts, and contracts made with Tribal Nations for failing to provide health care to American Indian and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN).” “Without those funds, tribally-operated hospitals, and Urban Indian H... Read more

  • Democrats Block Amendment to Fund IHS Through End of Fiscal Year
    Posted in Press Releases on January 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues, Native American Affairs

    Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement after Democrats on the House Rules Committee blocked an amendment to H.R. 268, Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019, that would have funded Indian Health Services (IHS) for a full fiscal year. The amendment was defeated along party lines: 8 – 4. “I’m disappointed that my colleagues across the aisle did not think it necessary that the federal government carry out its trust responsibilities to provide health care to Native Ameri... Read more

  • We Should Pay Our IHS Doctors
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on January 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues, Native American Affairs

    As a Cherokee, I’m familiar with the trust responsibility of the federal government to Native Americans. Tribal Nations are sovereign governments that have a unique relationship with the federal government. Unfortunately, not everyone in Washington, D.C. understands that. The federal government has made clear its responsibility to Native Americans. This relationship with tribes has been solidified by treaties, federal legislation, federal regulations, Supreme Court decisions, and executive order... Read more

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