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As they sift through President Obama’s first federal budget proposal, some Native American officials are optimistic about how tribal communities will fare under the $3.6 trillion spending plan even as they await the details of the massive budget plan.
The Obama blueprint, which was presented to Congress on Thursday, would finance sweeping new investments in health care, energy independence and education among other things in an ambitious fiscal plan that also spotlights various Native programs.
The highlights include a $4 billion proposal for the Indian Health Service to support and expand health care services and public health programs for American Indians and Alaskan Natives.