Tristan Ahtone

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And now to New Mexico, where 30,000 mental patients have had their care thrown into disarray. This summer, the state froze Medicaid payments to several agencies. The reason: allegations of fraud. Now, that's left patients who suffer from PTSD, schizophrenia, and other severe disorders scrambling to find the help they need.

From member station KUNM in Albuquerque, Tristan Ahtone reports.

Most Americans have little difficulty practicing their religion. But for Native Americans, performing traditional religious ceremonies isn't always so simple. Many rites often involve heavy regulation by federal authorities — especially when it comes to using sacred items like eagle feathers.