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News by Topic: American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians

Jul 2, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment on an information collection project related to research to identify community-level protective factors and primary prevention strategies in tribal communities to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and opioid misuse. Comments are due by August 31, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 2, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $15 million to Tribes across the Nation as part of HUD's Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Imminent Threat program. The program provides funding to help Tribes respond to COVID-19, including supporting projects to improve and provide housing.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Jul 2, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announced the national expansion of the Community Health Aide Program (CHAP), which provides education and training to tribal community health providers. The CHAP model increases access to healthcare in rural and remote areas of Indian Country by delivering care to patients in their own environment.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 30, 2020 - The Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) and a network of agencies joined together to distribute cloth facemasks to water and wastewater operators across Arizona, California, and Nevada. RCAC Tribal circuit riders personally delivered more than 5,500 masks to Tribal and rural communities in California, and a few thousand more in Nevada and Arizona.
Source: Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Jun 23, 2020 - The Bureau of Indian Affairs has released an interim final rule updating the minimum standards of character to ensure that individuals having regular contact with or control over Indian children have not been convicted of certain types of crimes or acted in a manner that placed others at risk. This rule is effective June 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 23, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting application for the Dental Preventive and Clinic Support Centers Program. The two goals of the program are to provide support, guidance, training, and enhancement of IHS/Tribal/Urban (I/T/U) dental programs within their area; and to ensure that the services of the support centers and the I/T/U dental programs result in measurable improvements in the oral health status of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) patients. Applications are due by September 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 23, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for the Tribal Management Grant (TMG) Program. The program is intended to help tribes prepare to assume management of IHS programs, services, functions, and activities and improve Tribal health management. Applications are due August 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 22, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to remove regulations that have never been implemented and were referred to as "suspended" in a 1999 Federal Register Notice. Comments on this rule are due by August 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 21, 2020 - Discusses restrictions that tribal governments across the country are putting in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19 on reservations, as surrounding communities and states loosen their precautions.
Source: The Hill
Jun 19, 2020 - Highlights groups that are helping to address mental and behavioral health issues among Native American communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes how the disease has disproportionately affected Native communities and discusses the importance of connecting with others when coping with psychological distress.
Source: Cronkite News