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Tribal Leader Letters

April 28, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to announce the Indian Health Service decision on the distribution of $5 million from FY 2020 appropriations and $5 million allocated from FY 2021 appropriations to support the national Community Health Aide Program expansion. [PDF - 291 KB]

April 27, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation to seek input and recommendations to improve the Indian Health Service Tribal Consultation Policy and process.

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April 26, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to provide an update about recent developments to advance the notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the Buy Indian Act of 1910 and amend the regulations for IHS contracting policy and procedures. [PDF - 418 KB]

April 16, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce allocation decisions for approximately $4.3 billion in new resources appropriated to the IHS in the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021. [PDF - 267 KB]

April 12, 2021

The Acting Director writes to inform Tribal Leaders how to request access to the Department of Health and Human Services Protect environment in support of public health activities to respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019. [PDF - 192 KB]

April 1, 2021

The Acting Director writes to inform Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders of the next steps in the Indian Health Service Health Information Technology Modernization initiative. [PDF - 194 KB]

March 31, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation on two Indian Health Service initiatives: (1) the use of $5 million from the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations that the IHS has allocated to address Alzheimer's disease; and (2) the use of $5 million in funding for Ending the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic: A Plan for America, which was allocated to support work toward the elimination of HIV and hepatitis C in Indian Country. [PDF - 316 KB]

March 26, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce an updated allocation of $95 million in telehealth funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. [PDF - 187 KB]

March 8, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation to seek rapid input regarding the potential allocation of $6 billion currently under consideration by Congress as part of the Administration's American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. [PDF - 250 KB]

February 5, 2021

The Acting Director notifies Tribal Leaders that the Indian Health Service and the Veterans Health Administration have extended the comment submission deadline until March 2, 2021, on the joint Tribal Consultation seeking input on the draft revised memorandum of understanding between the two agencies and provides information for an upcoming Virtual Listening Session scheduled for February 17, 2021. [PDF - 172 KB]

February 2, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the allocation decisions for the $210 million in new resources transferred from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Indian Health Service to support COVID-19 vaccine related activities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. [PDF - 312 KB]

January 29, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to provide an update on the notice of proposed rulemaking related to the administration of the Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2016. [PDF - 173 KB]

January 19, 2021

RADM Weahkee sends a farewell letter to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders. [PDF - 167 KB]

January 19, 2021

The Director writes to Tribal Leaders to follow-up on the December 17, 2020, letter to provide an update on the Indian Health Service and the Department of Health and Human Services proposed regulatory activities regarding implementation of the Buy Indian Act of 1910 (Buy Indian Act, 25 U.S.C. § 47) which would update the regulations for IHS contracting policy and procedures. [PDF - 173 KB]

January 15, 2021

The Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the allocation decisions for $790 million in new resources transferred from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to the Indian Health Service to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, containment, mitigation, and related activities for monitoring and suppressing COVID-19 in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, Pub. L. No. 116-260, Div. M, Title III. [PDF - 385 KB]