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News stories from the past 60 days.

Mar 24, 2023 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs on April 4-6, 2023. Agenda items include updates from VA leadership, the benefits and administrative subcommittees for proposed recommendations, and the VA Office of Tribal Health. Registration is required.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 20, 2023 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announcing the availability of the final American Indian and Alaska Native Worker Safety and Health Strategic Plan. The strategic plan serves as a blueprint to enhance the health, safety, and well-being of AI/AN workers across the United States.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 19, 2023 - Tribal leaders in the Cherokee Nation say $100 million won in opioid settlements will help their community heal from decades of addiction. Over the next five years, the tribe plans to roll out a total of $75 million in new treatment facilities. The remainder will go toward the costs of running these sites as well as a scholarship fund.
Source: WHQR Public Media
Mar 15, 2023 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a public meeting of the Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) on April 25, 2023. SAMHSA TTAC provides a venue wherein Tribal leadership and SAMHSA staff can exchange information about public health issues, identify urgent mental health and substance abuse needs, and discuss collaborative approaches to addressing these behavioral health issues and needs. Meeting information will be posted on the SAMHSA Council's website. Pre-registration is required.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 8, 2023 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs on April 4-6, 2023. Agenda items include updates from VA leadership, the benefits and administrative subcommittees for proposed recommendations, and the VA Office of Tribal Health.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 28, 2023 - Announces Indian Housing Block Grant funding for eligible Native American Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, and Tribally Designated Housing Entities to carry out affordable housing activities in tribal communities. Eligible activities include housing development, operation and modernization of existing housing, housing services to eligible families and individuals, and crime prevention and safety.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Feb 27, 2023 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) announcing the calendar year 2023 reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient medical care provided by IHS facilities to Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal program beneficiaries. The updated rates apply to all qualifying services provided on or after January 1, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 23, 2023 - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Director of Opioid Initiatives says the 12 tribal nations across the state have the highest overdose rate of any population. The Menominee tribe's new Drug Intervention Team brings together resources from health and law enforcement to fight fentanyl and heroin deaths.
Source: Wisconsin Public Radio
Feb 17, 2023 - Announces that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a proposal seeking comment on steps to encourage greater participation by eligible Tribal applicants in the E-Rate program, which provides high-speed internet to schools and libraries.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Feb 16, 2023 - The Indian Health Service is accepting applications for a single cooperative agreement for the IHS Zero Suicide Initiative Coordinating Center. The "Zero Suicide" model focuses on developing a system-wide approach to improving care for individuals at risk of suicide who are currently using health and behavioral health systems. The Zero Suicide Initiative Coordinating Center will provide technical assistance in the areas of data collection, reporting, training, resources, and implementation of the Zero Suicide approach in Indian Country. Applications are due by April 17, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 15, 2023 - Announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $262 million to improve access to jobs, health care, and infrastructure for people in historically underserved communities across the Rural Partners Network. The The funding will support 68 projects in Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Puerto Rico.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Feb 14, 2023 - Simply Smiles Children's Village on the Cheyenne River Reservation in La Plant, South Dakota provides Indigenous foster care by keeping children in their tribal community instead of placing them in foster families away from the reservation. Cultural programming and mental health services are provided by hired trained professionals who care for the children in a village setting.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Feb 5, 2023 - Highlights the work of Josiah Hugs, a Native American liaison working with Billings Clinic, to bring attention to health equity concerns and intention to the care provided to Native American patients and their unique cultural needs.
Source: Billings Gazette
Feb 1, 2023 - A study published in The Lancet says that premature "deaths of despair" have affected American Indian and Alaska Native communities more than white communities. American Indians and Alaska Native people were not surveyed in a 2015 study that looked at death rates for 45-54 year-olds from 1999-2013.
Source: NPR
Jan 30, 2023 - Highlights two programs on the Cherokee Nation reservation: a domestic violence shelter that provides a variety of the victim services, and the Cherokee Nation Harm Reduction Program, which offers syringe services to reduce drug use and keep clients healthier by preventing the transmission of blood-borne infections.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 26, 2023 - Funding awards for a total of $139 million have been made to 302 tribal, urban, and Indian Health Service sites in 35 states for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. This provides diabetes prevention and treatment services for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Last Updated: 3/24/2023