Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Jeff knows that native tribes in Oregon have faced challenges in getting the resources their communities need to thrive.
That’s why he fought to ensure programs critical to Oregon’s tribes were funded, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, and the HRSA Health Center Program.
“Please thank Senator Merkley for us for his amazing work during these extremely challenging times to take care of the people of this country and our state,” said Jackie Mercer, Chief Executive Officer of the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest (NARA-NW), which provides integrated health, mental health, substance abuse treatment, and social services to Native American and Alaska Native people who are homeless or have low incomes.
“I can only imagine the extra, extra efforts that it is taking,” she continued. “I know the fight isn’t done but I want you to know the children and families and elders are so much better off for all his hard work.”