U. S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 810 Seventh Street, N. W. Washington, D. C. 20531 Janet Reno

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1954 Indian Health Service - IHS established a policy which disallowed health services to Indian women who married non-Indian men. It did not disallow services to Indian men who were married to non-Indian women. It was based on the assumption that if an Indian woman married a non-Indian that he would be able to care for her and their children. This proved to be an ill-fated policy that was eventually reversed. This policy did not consider that the federal government had a treaty obligation to provide health care for all tribal members.

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