Friday, October 19, 2012

President Obama's Accomplishments for Native Americans ! Oldest Native American greek letter organization!

By Rion Ramirez

"People usually know what they should do to get what they want. They just won’t do it. They won’t pay the price. Understand there is a price to pay for achieving anything of significance. You must be willing to pay the price."
- John Wooden

Sitting here looking at her face after surgery, I can see the price she paid. Her once black hair is not even gray anymore—it’s silver, shiny, and short. Her skin is a deep wrinkled brown. Most elders fade as they get older, but not my Nana. She is a deep beautiful brown. She was born a poor Indian girl in 1924 and she has truly paid the price for our family. She never made it through the 7th grade, never had consistent health care, never had a whole lot, and lived through more pain and struggle than I can imagine. And here she lays on July 9, 2012, struggling to stay alive in the hospital after having a mastectomy six days after her 88th birthday. That is one heck of a present. She seems to pay an endless price.

People like my Nana are the people for whom President Obama is fighting. Staying true to his word, President Obama included Indian Country in the Affordable Care Act. When he signed the law into effect, he assured that the Indian Health Care Improvement Act would have a permanent role in lessening the health care disparities faced in Indian Country. This means Indian Country will have greater access to hospice, assisted living, long-term, and home- and community-based care. This means we can get preventative care. This means elders who have paid the price, like my Nana, will have access to doctors and hospitals in their time of need.

This also meant that when my Nana returned home to her elders’ house on the reservation, the IHS nurse from the tribal clinic was able to come check on her and help with her post-surgery care. Indian Country is very much a part of the Obama team. Our voices are being heard and our needs are being addressed. We are all in this together. We are all fortunate to have a President who is willing to pay the price to help ensure that Indian Country has the health care and services it was promised and so desperately needs.

Now it is our turn to pay the price by getting out in force and working hard to re-elect President Obama. Let’s get out and do this, Indian Country!

Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc


Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc., is the country’s oldest Native American greek letter organization. Founded at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Sept. 1, 1994, the sorority has more than 400 sisters representing more than 70 tribes nationwide and 13 chartered chapters. 

We are truly a united sisterhood of American Indian women who are committed to each other, our communities, tribes, families, academic excellence and self-empowerment. 


Alpha Chapter Web site

Gamma Chapter Web site

Delta Chapter Web site

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

American Indian Graduate Center

National Native American Law Student Association

Native American Journalists Association

Rock the Vote

National Indian Education Association

Native American Rights Fund

Americans for Indian Opportunity

Epsilon Chi Nu - Native American Fraternity

Phi Sigma Nu - Native American Fraternity

Beta Sigma Epsilon - Native American Fraternity


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