In Washington, debate is de rigeur, but the so-called budget sequester has garnered a rare D.C. consensus: near-universal disdain. The program, originally a failsafe against congressional inaction, was never intended to take effect. Now, though, it’s the law of the land and exacting its brutal cuts everywhere we look and in every corner of the country. Nothing, it seems, is safe.

While people across the United States are feeling the impact, these cuts have not been particularly kind to those of us in the Indian community. Recent reports have detailed how they affect us disproportionally and will take a severe toll on our hospitals, law enforcement, schools, programs for the needy, and other areas of our day-to-day lives.

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