"We are lacking the funding in health care resources," Arlo Daees from Crow Nation in Montana said. "People are literally waiting in line. We are lacking the proper resources and lives are threatened. There is no money to fund this."
Daees, who is chief-of-staff to the Chairman of the Crow Nation where Obama spent time during the campaign, said he hopes the conference today will provide a jumping-off point for more progress on this issue.
He said that many people on his reservation, himself included, cannot afford health insurance or get the care they need in the respects of their cultural and religious traditions
Still, Daees said this administration already has done more than administrations past. The chairman of their reservation has held about 10 meetings with White House representatives this year, including three with the president himself, and will attend the conference today, Daees said.
"The Bushes were more appeasing to the corporate world," Daees said. "I believe this president is more sensitive to our needs."