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News by Topic: American Indian or Alaska Native

Jan 21, 2021 - The Census Bureau will hold a tribal consultation webinar on February 18, 2021 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will provide a forum for tribes to receive an update and to provide input on the 2020 Disclosure Avoidance System regarding work done specifically for the American Indian and Alaska Native tribal areas. Questions and topic suggestions must be submitted by February 18, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 21, 2021 - Summarizes a study that revealed a rise in methamphetamine overdose rates in the U.S., with the highest death rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Discusses how there are currently no FDA-approved medications to treat methamphetamine use disorder, recommends leveraging traditions and culturally appropriate interventions to promote resilience and prevent drug use.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Jan 14, 2021 - The Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau announced an additional 29 of the 2.5 GHz band spectrum license applications received as part of the Rural Tribal Priority Window have passed initial review and have been accepted for filing. Successful applicants will receive licenses for broadband spectrum which can help serve rural tribal communities with internet and wireless services.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jan 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is accepting proposals from eligible Tribal Organizations to participate in a self-determination demonstration project to purchase agricultural commodities through the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). Proposals are due by March 15, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 14, 2021 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Personnel Management waived a section of federal law that pertains to retired workers, making it easier for the IHS to rehire healthcare and non-healthcare workers who can assist during the COVID-19 pandemic. Identifies a need for physicians and physician assistants, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists, behavioral health clinicians, and engineers, and invites retirees to rejoin the IHS workforce.
Source: Indian Health Service
Jan 12, 2021 - Covers the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on American Indian and Alaska Natives as tribal elders have been disproportionately killed by the disease. Discusses the impact this has on Native language, history, and tradition, highlights efforts to protect elders as a mission of cultural survival.
Source: New York Times
Jan 11, 2021 - Highlights tribal health departments in Wisconsin, who quickly administered the COVID-19 vaccine after receiving their first shipments in December, and are awaiting more doses for mass vaccination events. Describes how Oneida Nation has been working on its mass vaccination plan for ten years.
Source: Post Crescent
Jan 4, 2021 - Discusses how the increase in COVID-related deaths has overwhelmed "last responders," or workers at morgues and funeral homes. Describes how funerals and grieving rituals have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically for Native communities who have been among the hardest hit with COVID illnesses and deaths.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Dec 31, 2020 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) announcing the calendar year 2021 reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient care provided to Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal program beneficiaries by IHS facilities. The updated rates apply to all qualifying services provided on or after January 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 30, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commissions' (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau granted 22 additional applications for licenses to use the 2.5 GHz band through the Rural Tribal Priority Window. These spectrum licenses aim to close the digital divide and provide broadband and wireless services to rural Tribal communities.
Source: Federal Communications Commission