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Tribal Leader Letters

May 10, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide updates on several important Indian Health Service behavioral health initiatives. [PDF - 142 KB]


May 2, 2017

The Acting Director updates Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders on efforts by the Indian Health Service to combat the opioid epidemic facing American Indian and Alaska Native communities. [PDF - 118 KB]


April 26, 2017

The Acting Director notifies Tribal Leaders that the IHS has launched a series of five video training modules for Contract Support Costs to compliment the updated IHS CSC policy. [PDF - 496 KB]


March 28, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to address the perception that the IHS is returning a significant amount of unused money to the United States Treasury each year. [PDF - 842 KB]


March 8, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on systems enhancements related to the use of electronic prescriptions for controlled substances. [PDF - 106 KB]


February 10, 2017

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to share an update on the status of the exemption of certain Indian Health Service positions from the Federal civilian hiring freeze as provided by the Office of Management and Budget's guidance memoranda. [PDF - 100 KB]


January 17, 2017

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to share an exciting update on work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans. [PDF - 56 KB]


January 6, 2017

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to announce that the Indian Health Service (IHS) recently signed and Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) authorizing the IHS to use the VA Veterans Health Administration's Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP). [PDF - 727 KB]


January 4, 2017

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to provide an update to the June 1, 2016, letter which initiated a Tribal Consultation on the Indian Health Service draft policy statement on creating a national IHS Community Health Aide Program.

[PDF - 102 KB]


December 27, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to highlight some of the major actions that have taken place over the past 10 months. [PDF - 124 KB]


December 13, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to follow-up on the World Cafe hosted in Phoenix, Arizona on October 9, 2016, and the letter to Tribal Leaders on October 31, 2016, providing a summary report of the ideas and recommendations generated during the World Cafe. [PDF - 686 KB]


November 16, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide the final 2016-2017 Quality Framework and Implementation Plan. [PDF - 683 KB]


November 15, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director notifies Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that the deadline to provide comments on the Proposed Headquarters Realignment has been extended until January 13, 2017. [PDF - 836 KB]


October 31, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director updates Tribal Leaders on the workforce recommendations generated during the World Café Forum held on October 9th, in Phoenix, Arizona. [PDF - 102 KB]


October 27, 2016

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to announce that the Indian Health Service (IHS) has updated its Contract Support Costs (CSC) policy. [PDF - 187 KB]