Thursday, June 1, 2023 – Massive treatment fraud targeted Arizona’s Native residents

Arizona officials are still sorting out the details of what they say is among the biggest and costliest fraud scandals in state history. The scheme targeted Native people and involved billing for sham treatment services. Some residents were literally taken off the street and held against their will at fake treatment centers. Officials say the operators of the fraud bilked Arizona’s Medicaid system of some $100 million over several years. Tribal officials in the state say hundreds of their citizens were harmed and some remain missing.


Ethel Branch (Diné), attorney general of the Navajo Nation

Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe), reporter for Native News Online

Elizabeth Bryant (citizen of the Cherokee Nation), psychiatric nurse practitioner

Reva Stewart (Diné), grassroots advocate with the #StolenPeopleStolenBenefits campaign

Coleen Chatter (Diné), grassroots advocate with the #StolenPeopleStolenBenefits campaign