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

BIA: Change of Address; Office of Federal Acknowledgment Federal Register
Jul 18, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) of a change of address for the Office of Federal Acknowledgment for filing petitions for Federal acknowledgment as an Indian Tribe.
Source: Federal Register
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'People Are Literally Being Poisoned': How Sewage Problems in Alabama Got So Bad -- and Why Other States Should Worry
Jul 17, 2018 - Discusses the lack of waste disposal infrastructure in Alabama and the discovery that a number of rural residents whose homes are not attached to municipal sewer systems may have tropical diseases. Touches on the barriers to addressing the infrastructure problem, including problems faced by people who do have septic systems or who are attached to the sewer system. Also references other places with similar problems related to waste disposal infrastructure, including Native American reservations, where fewer than half of homes are connected to sewers. What these areas have in common is that they tend to already be poor and populated by members of marginalized groups.
Source: Governing
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FCC: Connect America Fund Federal Register
Jul 2, 2018 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission correcting errors in a May 1, 2018 rule that increased the amount of operating costs that carriers that predominately serve tribal lands can recover from the Universal Service Fund. This rule is effect July 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Hoeven: Senate Passes Farm Bill to Support Native American Producers and Communities
Jun 28, 2018 - Statement from Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on the provisions in the Farm Bill, recently passed by the U.S. Senate, from his Cultivating Resources, Opportunities, Prosperity and Sustainability (CROPS) for Indian Country Act. Among other things, this authorizes $5 million to establish a tribal self-determination procurement demonstration project within the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), which will allow tribal food programs to better serve the nearly 90,000 Native Americans who currently participate in this program.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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SAMHSA: Notice of Meetings Federal Register
Jun 28, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce the following meeting schedules: 1) Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) on July 22-23, 2018, 2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) on July 23 and July 25, 2018, and 3) Joint Tribal Advisory Committee (JTAC) on July 24, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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ACL: Availability of Program Application Instructions for Tribal MIPPA Program Funds Federal Register
Jun 27, 2018 - The Administration for Community Living announces its intent to award funding to existing Older Americans Act Title VI Native American grantees to be used for activities related to community outreach informing Native American elders of benefits available through Medicare Part D, the Low Income Subsidy, the Medicare Savings Program, or Medicare prevention benefits and screenings. Applications are due by August 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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SAMHSA Accepting Applications for up to $50 Million to Help Tribes Address Opioid Crisis
Jun 21, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $50 million to fund prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. These Tribal Opioid Response Grants will increase access to culturally-appropriate evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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A Conversation with Scott Daniels
Jun 19, 2018 - Radio interview with Scott Daniels, Ph.D., Performance Improvement Coordinator at the State of Hawaii Office of Primary Care and Rural Health. Discussion includes rural health in Hawaii, the difficulty of attracting providers to the state, especially to the most rural and remote areas, the emphasis on culturally-competent care, and a leadership development program being implemented among Critical Access Hospitals in the state, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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BIA: Indian Child Welfare Act; Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice Federal Register
Jun 4, 2018 - Notice from the Bureau of Indian Affairs announcing the list of designated tribal agents for service of notice, a provision allowed by the Indian Child Welfare Act stating that Indian Tribes may designate an agent other than the tribal chairman for service of notice of proceedings under the Act.
Source: Federal Register
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Report: Rural Poverty In America Is 'An Emergency'
May 31, 2018 - Highlights the results of a report, produced by the advocacy group Save the Children, ranking nations on factors that are considered "childhood enders" like displacement, child labor, child mortality, and gender bias. The U.S. ranks 36th, largely due to a high infant mortality rate, high rate of children who are victims of homicide, and high teen pregnancy rates. The report also detailed concerns about rural poverty in America, which it called an "emergency," and which affects nearly a quarter of rural children. The highest concentrations of child poverty were in the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia, and on Native American reservations.
Source: NPR
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