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Tribal Leader Letters

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]

November 27, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on short-term continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2020 that affect Tribal Health Programs with performance periods starting within the current continuing resolution period for October 1, 2019, through December 20, 2019. [PDF - 278 KB]

November 15, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to share updates on recent developments associated with modernizing Agency Health Information Technology. [PDF - 226 KB]

October 28, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the selection of the Director, Billings Area Indian Health Service. [PDF - 211 KB]

October 2, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation on the distribution of funding for the Indian Health Service Special Diabetes Program for Indians in fiscal year 2021. [PDF - 450 KB]

September 4, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer to seek input on the memorandum of understanding and related performance measures between the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service. [PDF - 239 KB]

August 7, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders to announce a new solicitation for the fiscal year 2020 Indian Health Service Joint Venture Construction Program. [PDF - 427 KB]

August 6, 2019

The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Tribal Leaders of the results of Tribal Consultation on the Indian Health Service Indian Health Manual, Part 6 - Services to Tribal Governments and Organizations, Chapter 3 – Contract Support Costs, section 6-3.2E(3) – Alternative Methods for Calculating Indirect Costs Associated with Recurring Service Unit Shares (also known as the "97/3 Method" or "97/3 Split"). [PDF - 398 KB]