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Tribal Leader Letters

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]

September 24, 2021

The Acting Director writes to inform Arizona Tribal Leaders that the Indian Health Service has rescheduled the virtual Tribal Consultation sessions on designating the State of Arizona as a Purchased/Referred Care Delivery Area to November 30, 2021, and December 8, 2021. [PDF - 182 KB]

August 20, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Arizona Tribal Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation in follow-up to the completion of a multi-year feasibility study on designating the State of Arizona as a Purchased/Referred Care Delivery Area.

Please note that the dates for Tribal Consultation are in the process of being changed. Consultation sessions will not be held on September 22, 2021, or September 28, 2021. Additional information will be forthcoming.
[PDF - 443 KB]

August 12, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiates Tribal Consultation and invites Tribal Leaders to participate in two virtual Tribal Consultations to seek input and recommendations on mandatory funding approaches for the Indian Health Service. [PDF - 188 KB]

August 9, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on ongoing Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer concerning modernization of the Health Information Technology infrastructure supported by the Indian Health Service. A link to the Statement of Objectives is included for review and comment. [PDF - 219 KB]

July 27, 2021

The Acting Director, Indian Health Service and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs invite Tribal Leaders to consult on 105 (l) lease requirements and payments, with a goal toward transparent 105 (l) lease administration. [PDF - 240 KB]

July 14, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to share information about a new incentive program available to eligible United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers assigned to Tribal and Urban Indian health programs. [PDF - 213 KB]

July 13, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to announce the publication of Indian Health Service Circular No. 21-02 Contract Support Costs Advisory Group – Charter and seek nominations for Tribal members to serve on the Contract Support Costs Advisory Group. [PDF - 243 KB]

June 30, 2021

The Acting 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 2022-2023 and the IHS Loan Repayment Program in fiscal year 2022. [PDF - 173 KB]

June 22, 2021

UPDATED LETTER: The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the allocation decisions for approximately $1.8 billion in resources appropriated to the Indian Health Service in the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021. [PDF - 261 KB]

May 28, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to announce a Tribal Consultation Session to seek input and feedback on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the Buy Indian Act of 1910. [PDF - 181 KB]

May 26, 2021

The Acting Director invites Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to participate in Agency-sponsored Listening Sessions to share information and solicit input on next steps for our ongoing Indian Health Service Health Information Technology Modernization Project.

[PDF - 228 KB]

May 14, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to request your participation in an Electronic Health Record data call.

[PDF - 443 KB]

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]