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

Jan 27, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of a public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) to be held in Washington, D.C. on February 10-11, 2020. The meeting will include a discussion of the President's Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative (EHE) jurisdictional plans, focusing on pilot sites in Georgia, Maryland, Louisiana, and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma; an update on the Ready, Set, PrEP National Program, Stigma as a Barrier — Shared Experiences and Challenges from International and Domestic Perspectives, and Women and HIV. Preregistration is required and is due by February 3, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 17, 2020 - South Dakota's Department of Health formed a committee of medical professionals that will meet and discuss how to address the high maternal mortality rate in the state. Describes possible contributing factors to the rising maternal deaths, including the increase in age of new mothers, rising rates of chronic conditions, and lack of access to quality healthcare.
Source: Aberdeen News
Jan 8, 2020 - A state of emergency has been declared on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Tribal President Julian Bear Runner says that a recent string a homicides is directly related to methamphetamine use and is hoping that the emergency declaration will allow tribal agencies to prioritize solutions to the meth problem.
Source: Lincoln Journal Star
Jan 7, 2020 - FCC Commissioner Carr will travel to New Mexico and Texas this week for meetings focused on broadband deployment issues on the Mescalero Apache Reservation and technology used for the protection of the U.S.-Mexico Border.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jan 6, 2020 - Announcement of a public meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) on March 12-13, 2020. Registration is required and is due by February 21, 2020. Among other things, the meeting is designed to encourage collaboration with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal nations and to promote health equity and eliminate health disparities among AI/AN populations.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 2, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to establish a process for Alaska Native entities that were not recognized as bands or tribes before 1936 to become acknowledged as an Indian Tribe pursuant to the Alaska Amendment to the Indian Reorganization Act. Tribal consultations and public meetings will be held in Juneau, AK on January 28; in Fairbanks, AK on January 30; and by teleconference on February 6, 2020. Comments on the proposed rule are due by March 2, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 29, 2019 - Describes the importance of an accurate Census count for Native Americans as they have been historically undercounted in previous years. Reservations across the country are campaigning to inspire their community to participate, but still face many barriers to representation.
Dec 21, 2019 - Features the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, who helps tribes across the country administer a needs assessment survey and apply for federal funding to fix issues identified, focusing on the needs of Native elders. The North Dakota-based center is funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.
Source: Grand Forks Herald
Dec 20, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces eight recipients of the Tribal Self-Governance Planning and Negotiation Cooperative Agreements for 2020. The awards support tribal organizations in preparing to assume responsibility of providing healthcare to their tribal members.
Source: Indian Health Service
Dec 18, 2019 - American Indians in Minnesota have the highest opioid overdose death rate among Native Americans in the country. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth medical school and White Earth Nation officials partnered to examine opioid overdoses among American Indians and identify underlying reasons of opiate use and ways to prevent future deaths.
Source: West Central Tribune