Indian Health Service Updates Regarding Health Care Programs at Nooksack
The Indian Health Service (IHS) has negotiated a contract with the Nooksack Indian Tribe (Tribe) to resume tribally-operated health care services under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. Under this contract, health services are available to all eligible beneficiaries, including Nooksack Indian Tribal members, as well as those recently disenrolled. If you were eligible prior to March 24, 2016, you remain eligible for health services. Health care delivery will be effective on September 22, 2017.
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has provided interim recognition to the Nooksack Indian Tribe through the current Tribal Chairman, the Honorable Robert Kelly. During interim recognition, Chairman Kelly is the person of authority to represent the Nooksack Indian Tribe in a Government-to-Government relationship with the IHS, as well as other Federal agencies.
The tribal clinic will provide health care delivery to Nooksack Tribal members and their descendants, as well as other eligible beneficiaries from the Nooksack community. As of September 22, 2017, health services provided by the Nooksack Indian Tribe, are considered covered services by the IHS.
The IHS contract with the Nooksack Indian Tribe for health delivery will continue as long as the Tribe meets the requirements set forth by the Memorandum of Agreement with DOI, and the DOI continues to recognize Tribal leadership as a governing body of the Nooksack Indian Tribe.
If you have questions regarding this letter, please contact Mr. Terry Dean, Director, Office of Tribal and Service Unit Operations, by telephone at (503) 414-5555.
Please check this website for updates.
IHS will provide updates as additional information becomes available.
Overseeing the delivery of Health Care to Native American people in the Northwest
The Portland Area Indian Health Service provides access to health care for an estimated 150,000 American Indian/Alaska Native residents of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Health delivery services are provided by a mix of health centers, health stations, preventative health programs and urban programs. Health centers provide a wide range of clinical services and are open 40 hours each week. Health stations provide a limited range of clinical services and usually operate less than 40 hours per week. Preventive programs offer counselor and referral services.
The Portland Area Indian Health Service operates six Federal health facilities in five Tribal communities and one at Chemawa Indian School. Tribes operate health facilities under the authority of the Indian Self-determination and Education Assistance Act (Public Law 93-638, as amended), Titles 1 and V. Twenty-three Tribes have Title V compacts and there are twenty-four Tribes or Tribal organizations that contract under Title 1. Overall, Tribes administer more than 74% of the Portland Area budget authority appropriation through Self-Determination contracts or Self-Governance compacts. There are also three Urban programs with services ranging from community health to comprehensive primary health care services.