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News by Topic: American Indian or Alaska Native

May 17, 2022 - Announces funding for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant programs, including $3.3 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $775 million for FY22 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Formula Allocations to eligible tribes for housing on reservations, in tribal communities, and in Alaska Native villages.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
May 13, 2022 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement for Public Health Nursing Case Management: Reducing Sexually Transmitted Infections. The purpose of this program is to mitigate the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STI) within Indian Country through a public health nursing case management model with an emphasis on raising awareness of STIs as a high-priority health issue among American Indian/Alaska Native communities and to support prevention and control activities of comorbid conditions. Applications are due by August 11, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
May 12, 2022 - Describes issues related to census undercount of Native Americans living on reservations, citing estimates that the 2020 census missed nearly 6% of Native Americans living on reservations, compared to nearly 5% in 2010. Discusses the impacts of census numbers on funding for healthcare, human services, infrastructure, education, and other programs.
Source: Kaiser Health News
May 9, 2022 - Announces $5 million in funding to tribes, tribal organizations, IHS direct service facilities, and urban Indian organizations to target Alzheimer's disease in tribal communities. Describes rates of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in American Indian communities and federal investments to address Alzheimer's disease. Notes that eligible tribes and organizations can now apply, with applications due July 18.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 9, 2022 - Describes challenges to accessing healthy foods for residents of the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, highlighting the work of the Lakota Food Sovereignty Coalition, a gardening initiative supporting community food production on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and Cheyenne River reservations. Notes barriers to food access in rural and tribal communities related to transportation, food quality, and cost of produce.
Source: Farm Forum
May 7, 2022 - Highlights the efforts of Native American organizations, tribal nations, and the Indian Health Service (IHS) to vaccinate rural populations in Arizona, which is the only state with higher rural COVID-19 vaccination rates than metro rates. Describes disparities in COVID-19 infection and mortality for Native American communities and notes a high turnout in rural counties along the U.S-Mexico Border, including a county that had a vaccination rate of 146% through providing vaccines to laborers from Mexico and visitors to the area.
Source: AP News
May 6, 2022 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking comment on recommended changes to Code of Federal Regulation's section on Grants to State and Community Programs on Aging, Grants to Indian Tribes for Support and Nutrition Services, Grants for Supportive and Nutritional Services to Older Hawaiian Natives, and Allotments for Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection Activities. ACL specifically is interested in information on challenges faced by older adults, elders, and family caregivers in receiving services under the Older Americans Act, and challenges in delivering services under the Act. Comments are due by June 6, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
May 4, 2022 - Announces 19 grants to tribal communities in 10 states through the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to support internet adoption projects related to healthcare, workforce development, housing, education, and social services. Highlights the need for expanded high-speed internet in tribal communities and information on federal investments in broadband infrastructure. Provides a list of funded projects.
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
May 4, 2022 - Announces $55 million to support the Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant program. Offers background on the TOR grant program's efforts to address overdose, increase access to medication for the treatment of opioid misuse, and expand prevention and recovery services.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 28, 2022 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is allowing an additional 30 days to comment on an information collection titled "Information Security Ticketing and Incident Reporting." This information collection provides federal employees, tribal employees, contractors, and other non-federal employees with a means to report IHS information technology (IT) security and privacy incidents. Comments are due by May 31, 2022.
Source: Federal Register