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Tribal Leader Letters

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]

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.

[PDF - 538 KB]

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]