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Urban Leader Letters

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 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 Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Urban Confer 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 - 207 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]

March 22, 2021

The Acting Director notifies Urban Indian Organization leaders that on January 3, 2021, Congress amended 25 U.S.C. § 5321(d) to extend Federal Tort Claims Act coverage to Urban Indian Organizations and their employees to the same extent and in the same manner as to Tribes and Tribal Organizations. [PDF - 221 KB]

March 8, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Urban Confer to seek rapid input regarding the potential allocation of $6 billion currently under consideration by Congress as part of the Administration's American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. [PDF - 249 KB]

February 5, 2021

The Acting Director notifies Urban Indian Organization Leaders that the Indian Health Service has extended the comment submission deadline until March 2, 2021, on the Urban Confer initiated to complement the joint Tribal Consultation seeking input on the draft revised memorandum of understanding between the Indian Health Service and Veterans Health Administration and provides information for an upcoming Virtual Listening Session scheduled for February 17, 2021. [PDF - 171 KB]

February 2, 2021

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the allocation decisions for the $210 million in new resources transferred from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Indian Health Service to support COVID-19 vaccine related activities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. [PDF - 312 KB]

January 19, 2021

RADM Weahkee sends a farewell letter to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders. [PDF - 167 KB]

January 15, 2021

The Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders about the Indian Health Service Urban Emergency Fund. [PDF - 184 KB]
The Director informs Urban Indian Organization Leaders of the distribution decision by the Indian Health Service on the fiscal year 2021 Urban Indian Health funding increase. [PDF - 69 KB]
The Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the allocation decisions for $790 million in new resources transferred from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to the Indian Health Service to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, containment, mitigation, and related activities for monitoring and suppressing COVID-19 in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, Pub. L. No. 116-260, Div. M, Title III. [PDF - 227 KB]

December 29, 2020

The Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Urban Confer on the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021. [PDF - 191 KB]

December 10, 2020

The Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update and invite input on next steps for health information technology modernization at the Indian Health Service. [PDF - 331 KB]

December 2, 2020

The Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Urban Confer to seek input on a draft revised Memorandum of Understanding between the VHA and the IHS. [PDF - 302 KB]