News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 15, 2013

Health changes may hurt some Indiana Native Americans

By KEN KUSMER
Associated Press

---- — INDIANAPOLIS — For Allen Dunnagan and other members of the Miami Nation of Indians of the State of Indiana, changes under the federal health care overhaul amount to another slight.

As members of a Native American tribe not recognized by the federal government, he and others like him may have to pay a fine of hundreds of dollars if they’re uninsured under the nation’s health care law.

Dunnagan, a member of the tribal council and the director of a tribal food bank in Peru, is one of six employees of an operation that also operates a day-care. As a small not-for-profit, they don’t have health insurance.

Dunnagan is one of about 3,000 Miamis of Indiana still living in this state. Many live in Miami County and other north central Indiana counties.

— Associated Press