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Tribal Leader Letters

May 6, 2022

The Acting Director summarizes Indian Health Service actions to update the Agency's Tribal Consultation Policy and process. [PDF - 163 KB]

April 27, 2022

The Acting Director initiates Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer to seek your input and recommendations on revisions to the new 2022-2026 Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Urban Indian Health Programs (OUIHP) Strategic Plan. [PDF - 196 KB]

April 15, 2022

The Acting Director initiates Tribal Consultation on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) for fiscal year (FY) 2023. [PDF - 478 KB]

March 24, 2022

The Acting Director informs Tribal Leaders that the Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Facilities Planning and Construction is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Small Ambulatory Program (SAP). The SAP application deadline is July 1, 2022. [PDF - 65 KB]

March 24, 2022

The Acting Director announces funding decisions by the Indian Health Service to distribute $10 million to address Alzheimer's disease ($5 million) and "Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S." ($5 million). She also provides a summary of comments received during a series of Tribal Consultations and Urban Confers convened over the past year, which were held virtually during March, April, and May of 2021. [PDF - 276 KB]

February 22, 2022

The Acting Deputy Director invites Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to join us on Thursday, March 10, 2022, for a virtual Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on Health Information Technology (HIT) Modernization. [PDF - 134 KB]

February 17, 2022

The Acting Deputy Director updates Tribal Leaders regarding the most recent Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. v. Dotomain court decision on Contract Support Costs. [PDF - 276 KB]

January 14, 2022

The Acting Deputy Director writes to inform Tribal Leaders that the Indian Health Service has published final rulemaking in the Federal Register for the Buy Indian Act. [PDF - 23 KB]

December 29, 2021

The Acting Deputy Director invites Tribal Leaders to participate in an additional virtual Tribal Consultation on January 5, 2022, to seek input on additional Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding. [PDF - 23 KB]

December 15, 2021

The Acting Deputy Director invites Tribal Leaders to participate in an additional virtual Tribal Consultation on December 22, 2021, to seek input on additional American Rescue Plan Act, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and Build Back Better Act funding. [PDF - 173 KB]

November 22, 2021

The Acting Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation to seek input on additional American Rescue Plan Act, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and Build Back Better Act funding. [PDF - 594 KB]

November 15, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide updates on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians for fiscal years 2021 and 2022. [PDF - 310 KB]

October 21, 2021

The Acting Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration, and the Acting IHS Director notify Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that they have jointly signed a new Memorandum of Understanding aimed at improving the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans. [PDF - 74 KB]

October 5, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on the Indian Health Service's (IHS) position related to the eligibility of the Seminole Freedmen of the Seminole Nation to receive health services from the IHS or by a Tribal health program or an Urban Indian Organization. [PDF - 342 KB]

September 24, 2021

The Secretary HHS invites Tribal Leaders to participate in a Nation-to-Nation dialogue on the ongoing COVID-19 response. [PDF - 94 KB]