- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker has testified before a U.S. House subcommittee on the need for increased funding from Indian Health Services.

Baker testified Wednesday before the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee that the Cherokee Nation has committed $100 million to improve its health care facilities and said Indian Health Services should pay a share to help staff the facilities with doctors and nurses.

Baker said the tribe’s hospital was built 30 years ago and designed to serve about 65,000 patient visits a year. He said the number of patient visits had grown to more than 400,000 by last year.

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