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Michael D. Weahkee
Michael D. Weahkee was the acting director of the Indian Health Service under Donald Trump and a Rear Admiral of the US Air Force.

Biography

Michael D. Weahkee was born in the Shiprock Hospital on the Navajo reservation, an enrolled member of the Zuni Native American tribe. He served in the US Air Force as a health care specialist after attending Arizona State University and Southern Illinois University, and he later became CEO of the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. Under President Donald Trump, he was appointed acting director of the Indian Health Service, and Senator John Tester (D-MT) questioned him about the Trump administration's plans to cut $300,000,000 in federal spending from the already-understaffed Indian Health Service on 12 July 2017. Weahkee dodged Tester's questions on if the new budget had increased or decreased the money that would be put towards hiring staff, leading to Tester sharply criticizing him.

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