Collaborations and Initiatives
Office of Tribal Government Relations
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Tribal Government Relations (OTGR) works to strengthen and build closer relations between the VA, tribal governments and other key federal, state, private, and non-profit partners. The OTGR effectively and respectfully serves Veterans across Indian Country by facilitating VA’s Tribal Consultation Policy, increased access to healthcare, and economic sustainability.
National Agreements between VA and the Indian Health Service
A 2012 reimbursement agreement allows IHS pharmacies to use the VA Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP) to process and mail prescription refills for IHS patients.
In December, 2012 the VA entered into a national agreement with IHS to reimburse IHS for direct care services provided to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans, allowing them expanded access to care near their homes.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Established in 1824, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), provides services to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. The (BIA) provides natural resources management services, as well as social services such as law enforcement and detention services and administration of tribal courts.
Bureau of Indian Education
The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides quality education opportunities in accordance with a tribe’s needs for cultural and economic well-being to NA/AN's of all ages
Health Resources and Services Administration
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)improves health care services access for the uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable, and supports health care providers in the U.S.and territories. HRSA partners with Tribal communities and Federal agencies including as IHS to increase access to health professionals and health centers.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse is responsible for aligning, leveraging and coordinating with federal agencies and departments in carrying out the responsibilities delineated in the Tribal Law and Order Act. The Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interagency Coordinating Committee is a collaboration across federal agencies to address alcohol and substance abuse issues, including DOI's (Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education), DOJ's (Office of Justice Programs, Office of Tribal Justice) and HHS' (IHS and other agencies in charge of assisting Indian Country).
Established in 1972, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) is a non-profit tribal advisory organization serving the 43 federally recognized tribes of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. NPAIHB has worked with IHS on such projects as Public Service Campaigns against substance abuse and domestic violence.
The National Council of Urban Indian Healthis devoted to supporting its membership in developing quality, accessible, and culturally competent healthcare programs for Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives.
The National Indian Health Boardprovides a variety of services to tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, federal agencies, and private foundations.
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.
Tribal Forensic Healthcare Program
Through the Tribal Forensic Healthcare Program, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has funded the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) to develop, deliver, and evaluate in-person and web-based training related to the identification, collection, and preservation of medical forensic evidence obtained during the treatment of victims of sexual and domestic violence.
American Indian/Native American SANE/SART Program Initiative
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)/Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Program AI/AN Initiative is a partnership between IHS and the DOJ Office on Victims of Crime (OVC). The goal of SANE/SART is to restore the dignity, respect, and mental and physical health of victims of sexual assault in Indian Country, and ensure more effective and victim-centered investigations and prosecutions.