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

Dec 5, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (HIS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Native American Child Health released recommendations on neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) for tribal healthcare facilities. The recommendations aim to provide a standard of care and improve the outcomes of infants at risk of NOWS.
Source: Indian Health Service
Dec 2, 2019 - Executive Order announcing the creation of the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Task Force will consult with tribal governments to learn more about the scope of the issues around missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives and develop model procedures to apply to unsolved cases.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 2, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces the opening of the Rural Tribal Priority Window that will provide eligible Tribes with the opportunity to apply for unassigned 2.5 GHz spectrum in their communities. The Rural Tribal Priority Window will be open February 3, 2020 to August 3, 2020.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Nov 26, 2019 - Highlights a research project that is focusing on improving Native Americans' access to palliative care. Hospice utilization is very low among tribal communities and the project aims to develop programs that are culturally sensitive in order to address the specific needs of patients.
Source: Hospice News
Nov 22, 2019 - Video from the Indian Health Service (IHS) on the prescription medication Naloxone and the trainings provided in the Red Lake Nation community to fight the opioid crisis.
Source: Indian Health Service
Nov 21, 2019 - Efforts are underway to address the increasing suicide rate among Native Americans in North Dakota and Minnesota; data remains limited, but prevention coordinators are working to collect more accurate numbers. A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa describes her personal experience with losing a loved one to suicide.
Source: Grand Forks Herald
Nov 18, 2019 - Summary of a report from Dig Deep and the U.S. Water Alliance describes that Native Americans are less likely able to access water than any other group. Features a Native resident of the Navajo Nation, as she travels 9 miles to the nearest water station to pay for drinkable water.
Source: KCRW
Nov 7, 2019 - The PBS Documentary, The Warrior Tradition, explores Native American motives for joining the U.S. military and how their culture has impacted their service. The documentary premieres on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2019.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Nov 1, 2019 - Public notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcing the creation of a Rural Tribal Priority Window to allow Tribal entities the opportunity to assess and apply for unassigned 2.5 GHz spectrum. Includes a webpage and information on a workshop that provides more detail on the Rural Tribal Window.
Source: The Federal Communications Commission
Oct 25, 2019 - Describes a shortage of Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) in rural Alaskan villages, due to lack of infrastructure and poor recruitment. The state proposes changes to funding agreements to attract more applicants in remote areas and created a task force to recommend additional fixes in the program.
Source: ProPublica