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

Dec 17, 2019 - Features the Veggies for Kids, a food nutrition education program conducted by University of Nevada targeted to young children living on American Indian reservations or in adjacent rural areas. The in-school program teaches children how to grow their own vegetables, increase physical activity, and appreciate healthy traditional Native American foods.
Source: Nevada Today
Dec 16, 2019 - U.S. maternal mortality rates are the highest in the developed world and Native American women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Highlights the women of Indian Country who are training other indigenous women to become doulas and midwives, improving health outcomes for mothers and their children.
Source: Cronkite News
Dec 10, 2019 - The United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service is seeking information from tribal and state organizations that administer the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) that will be used to develop additional criteria for a self-determination demonstration project for the purchase of agricultural commodities through the FDPIR. Submissions are due by February 10, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 9, 2019 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren are seeking information on best practices and resources for grandparents and older relatives raising children to be used in the development of a report to Congress. Information on the needs of children impacted by the opioid epidemic and special considerations for Native American populations is also being sought. Comments are due by January 31, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
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