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Indian Voices • May 2011

The Nevada Commission on Tourism gets GrassRoots Creative

Over the last month, I fought to cut federal spending and to require govern- ment to live within its means --some- thing that Nevada’s tribal governments understand well. The budget that was agreed to for the rest of this fiscal year is a responsible way to reduce the deficit that will strengthen our economy and our state. Next, we need to work on a more comprehensive plan to re-establish fiscal discipline and lay a foundation for long-term economic growth. Unfortunately, the new budget that House Republicans are proposing is too extreme and reflects upside-down prior- ities, advocating paying for tax breaks for multi-millionaires and billionaires by eliminating Medicare as we know it. This would be devastating for Native American families. Nearly 300,000 American Indian and Alaska Natives are enrolled in Medicare and 90,000 receive prescription drug benefits. Additionally, more than a fourth of Medicare enrollees from Indian country receive their benefits because of permanent dis- ability, often making work difficult. At a time when many Indian health pro- grams are improving their Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and private insurance reimbursements, we should not be puttingthe health care of tribal elders or the disabled at risk. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the Republican budget does. It destroys Medicare by converting it into a priva- tized, voucher-type program that will double seniors’ costs and eliminate all guaranteed health benefits. But that’s not all. The GOP’s extreme budget guts Medicaid by 50 percent, threatening to harm many seniors in nursing homes, people with disabilities, and children. It has only been a year since the Department of Health and

After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.

His father asked him three times what was wrong.

Finally, the boy replied, ‘That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home,

and I wanted to stay with you guys.’

Community Services 3909 S Maryland Parkway #205 Las Vegas, NV 89119-7500

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Human Services pushed to enroll more eligible American Indian and Alaska Native children in Nevada Checkup. To cut benefits for these children at a time when Indian Country is still recovering would be wrong.

I believe that we can cut fraud and waste and reduce government spending without destroying Medicare orother important health services for Indian Americans. We’ve already agreed to make $78.5 billion in cuts while stand- ing up for tribal communities, women, and seniors, and helping to create jobs across Nevada. As wetake further action to reduce our nation’s debt, I hope that leaders in both parties will come togeth- er to support spending cuts for wasteful special interest giveaways while protect- ing the middle class, our elders, and critical investments in our economic future.

Bethany Drysdale, Nevada Commission on Tourism Director Public Relations, recently returned from ITB Berlin the worlds largest Travel Tourist Trade show The event, held annually in Berlin brought together the travel industry’s elite Ministries of Tourism from far and wide came to generate business. Major airline company’s looking to make deals with tour operators to hook up travel packages to destina- tion operators eager to do business, were swarming

Her first ITB show Bethany

Drysdale was impressed with the opportunity to sell Nevada. She was there to tell the world that most of Nevada is public land and has the most open space of any state. She reminded Las Vegas visitors that a world of exploration is within a hours drive of the Strip. The Great Basin National Park,The Grand

Canyon, Ely with Hollywood history as well as ghost towns, mining sites, and many more historical sites. are all a day trip from Las Vegas. In an effort to

spread awareness

about the lucrative and peaceful travel industry Bethany Drysdale and her team Larry Friedman, interim director Steve Woodbury, chief deputy of government affairs & administration Janet Geary, Nevada Magazine publisher Laney, deputy director of marketing and advertising ask us to join them in demonstrating the size and strength of the industry. Please go to and sign up to be part of the Power of Travel Coalition. This is an effort started by the U.S Travel Association to unify the voice of travel and tourism. By signing up, you are saying that you are part of the industry, and that laws and policies affecting tourism also affect you. You will receive e-mails about the status of tourism-related bills in Congress, and may be called upon from time to time to take action, if you wish.


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