FEMA Seeks Applicants for the National Advisory Council

February 14, 2018
FEMA requests that qualified individuals who are interested in serving on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) submit an application to be considered for appointment. The NAC is a federal advisory committee of up to 35 members that advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and... Read More >>

President Trump Releases FY 2019 Budget Request:

February 14, 2018
On Monday, February 12, 2018 President Trump released his fiscal year (FY) 2019 Budget Request to Congress.  This is the proposal that the Administration provides the Congress as they will develop the FY 2019 appropriation including funds for the Indian Health Service and other health programs serving Indian Country.  It will be up to Congress to make any final... Read More >>

Tester to Zinke: Meet with Tribes Before Complicating Interior Department

February 10, 2018
Senator Fights to Make Sure Federal Government Doesn’t Ignore Trust and Treaty Responsibilities to Indian Country  (Bozeman, Mont.)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester is pushing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to meet with tribal governments before attempting to make the U.S. Interior Department more complicated. Zinke announced last month that he will propose a plan to Congress to reorganize the Interior Department, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs... Read More >>

Congress Passes Spending Bill to Fund Government, Renews SDPI

February 9, 2018
Early this morning, both chambers of Congress approved a spending bill written by the Majority and Minority leaders in the Senate. Following the vote, President Trump signed the bill into law, reopening the federal government after an hours-long shutdown. The bill funds the federal government untilMarch 23, 2018. As NIHB previously reported, the spending bill includes long term funding for several... Read More >>

Tester Meets with National Indian Health Board Members

February 5, 2018
(U.S. Senate)— U.S. Senator Jon Tester met with board members of the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), including Sam Moose, Gerald Hill, Lisa Elgin, Donnie Garcia, Stacy A Bohlen, Delvin Delrow, and Kaci Wallette, a Councilwoman from the Fort Peck Tribe. The group discussed important health care issues facing Native Americans including the opioid crisis and funding for the Special... Read More >>

Senate Confirms New HHS Secretary Alex Azar

January 30, 2018
On January 24, 2018, the Senate confirmed Alex Azar as secretary of the U.S. Department of health and Human Services (HHS). Deputy Director, Eric Hargan has been serving as acting Director, following former Secretary Tom Price's resignation on September 29, 2017. Azar's previous experience includes work as a pharmaceutical executive and a twice-confirmed HHS official during the George W. Bush... Read More >>

Native American Children’s Safety Act

January 29, 2018
Tribes work hard to protect the safety and well being of their children, especially when placing a child into foster care under a tribal court order. The Native American Children's Safety Act (NACSA) (Public Law 114-165), enacted in 2016, amends the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to further ensure children's safety by requiring Indian Tribes to conduct... Read More >>

United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing

January 25, 2018
The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing on "Breaking New Ground in Agribusiness Opportunities in Indian Country," on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Members of the Native Farm Bill Coalition was asked to testify at the hearing. Congress is beginning consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is enacted approximately every five years and... Read More >>

National Native Network Newsletter

January 23, 2018
The latest edition of the National Native Network Newsletter is available online. In this issue: Tobacco Companies to Run Court-Ordered Ads Telling the Truth About Their Deadly Products Welcome Monica Martin to CRIHB and National Native Network NNN & IHS HP/DP Webinar Archive — Traditional Tobacco Cervical Health Awareness Resources GPTCHB Sacred Willow Book In a Good Way:  Indigenous Commercial... Read More >>

How a Government Shutdown Impacts Tribal Healthcare

January 23, 2018
The federal government may be undergoing a shutdown if a Continuing Resolution (CR) is not passed by Congress and signed into law by 11:59PM today, January 19, 2018. Though the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 1-month CR to keep the federal government funded through February 16, 2018 on January 18, this bill does not have votes to pass in the U.S. Senate. ... Read More >>