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News by Topic: Racial and ethnic groups

Feb 24, 2020 - The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announces a public meeting to be held on February 26, 2020 via teleconference to receive input on a proposed rule that addresses how Alaska Native entities may become acknowledged as an Indian Tribe pursuant to the Alaska Amendment to the Indian Reorganization Act.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 21, 2020 - The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announces the availability of financial assistance awards up to $1 million for Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving Native American areas or populations to build their financial capacity to lend to eligible markets, as well as technical assistance grants up to $150,000 to create a CDFI serving Native Communities or to build their capacity to serve those markets. Applications for financial and technical assistance are due April 21, 2020. Includes information on funding amounts allocated for persistent poverty counties, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and disability funds.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 21, 2020 - Addresses the high rates of maternal mortality in Georgia, discusses contributing factors such as the state's reluctance to expand Medicaid, physician biases, lack of access to obstetric care in rural areas, and patient medical history. Features a rural hospital that has an obstetrics unit, but as the only hospital in the county, they lack the resources to keep up with patient load.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Feb 21, 2020 - Features the Red Lake Wellness Team who is focused on addressing employee wellness at IHS Red Lake Hospital. The Wellness Team coordinates mindfulness and stress reduction activities as well as fitness events to boost morale and create "well" employees.
Source: Indian Health Service
Feb 14, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for the Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation (RT) systems grants to provide technical assistance and training to rural communities and Federally Recognized Native American Tribes (FRNAT) to help them improve their passenger transportation services and facilities. The application deadline is May 14, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 13, 2020 - Addresses health disparities between Native Hawaiians and other groups in the state and highlights farms on Oahu that produce organic vegetables to increase access to healthy foods. Describes the importance of implementing culturally competent programs to improve public health.
Source: The Groundtruth Project
Feb 11, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces the availability of over $34 million to be awarded under the IHS Loan Repayment Program for health professional education loans. Applications will be evaluated monthly starting February 15, 2020 until the final submission deadline of August 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 11, 2020 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) of scholarship program availability and deadlines for the Indian Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship, Pre-graduate Scholarship, and Health Professions Scholarship, which are intended to help meet the workforce needs of IHS and its healthcare system partners. Applications are due by February 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 10, 2020 - The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) announces funding for Indian Tribes to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies for the expansion and deployment of broadband services. Applications are due by May 8, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 6, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments and recommendations on its intent to create the HRSA Tribal Advisory Council (TAC), as well as nominations of tribal officials for consideration as voluntary delegates to serve on the HRSA TAC. The council will meet to discuss policies that have tribal implications and a substantial direct effect on Indian tribes, and to assist in the determination of the impact of HRSA programs on American Indian/Alaska Native populations. Nominations are due by May 7, 2020.
Source: Federal Register