Jo Overton provides historical context for the substandard healthcare systems used by Native Americans— and thus why it is that Doctors Without Borders, traditionally focused on developing nations, was dispatched to the Navajo Nation. Listen here.
“According to a report transmitted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2004), the special relationship between the federal government and Native Americans, referred to as a ;trust; relationship, requires the government to protect tribal lands, assets, resources, treaty rights, and health care, in addition to other responsibilities (United States Commission on Civil Rights, 2004).The creation and Indian Health Services (IHS). (Source)
Indian Health Services in comparison to other federally funded programs. (Source)