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Tribal Leader Letters

July 2, 2020

The Director writes to Tribal Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation on the use of approximately $30 million in offset and prior-year funds from the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. [PDF - 311 KB]

May 22, 2020

The Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to request assistance in identifying priority health professions for inclusion into categories eligible for the IHS Scholarship Program in academic year 2021-2022 and the IHS Loan Repayment Program in fiscal year 2021. Priorities are due to the IHS Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs by June 15, 2020. [PDF - 240 KB]

May 20, 2020

The Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide several updates about the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. [PDF - 305 KB]

May 19, 2020

The Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce distribution decisions for $750 million in new resources appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services to support testing and testing related activities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, authorized by the recent enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. [PDF - 394 KB]

April 23, 2020

The Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders in follow-up to the April 3, 2020, letter to announce the Indian Health Service final allocation decisions of the remaining resources, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Public Law 116-36. [PDF - 341 KB]

April 3, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the creation of a new Indian Health Service Opioid Grant Pilot Program. [PDF - 214 KB]

April 3, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the availability of, and distribution decisions for, $600 million in new resources appropriated in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to address coronavirus prevention, preparedness, and response in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. [PDF - 266 KB]

March 27, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the availability of and distribution decisions for $134 million in new resources to respond to coronavirus in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. [PDF - 243 KB]

March 4, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on the Indian Health Service Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) for the current fiscal year and provide decisions regarding the next SDPI grant cycle. [PDF - 217 KB]

March 2, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director provides Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders with his decision on the funding mechanism to distribute Indian Health Service behavioral health initiative funding for the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program, the Domestic Violence Prevention Program, and the Zero Suicide Initiative. [PDF - 238 KB]

March 2, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the selection of the new Area Director for the Alaska Area Indian Health Service. [PDF - 210 KB]

February 6, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director notifies Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that the HHS Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) have begun to implement Commissioned Corps (Corps) participation in Emergency Support Function #8 activities related to the rapid spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and that the ASH has exercised his authority in Commissioned Corps Directive (CCD) 121.02 "Deployment and Readiness" to deploy Corps officers assigned to HHS Operating and Staff Divisions without supervisory or agency approval. [PDF - 317 KB]

January 22, 2020

The Principal Deputy Director provides Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders with his decision on the Indian Health Service proposal to reprogram fiscal year 2019 funds for lease cost agreements with Tribes and Tribal Organizations authorized under section 105 (l) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. [PDF - 401 KB]

December 20, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the selection of the new Area Director for the Bemidji Area Indian Health Service. [PDF - 216 KB]

December 2, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director notifies Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders about the upcoming deadline to file an application for a hardship exception for not having access to certified Health Information Technology. [PDF - 333 KB]