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Rally for Indian health set in DC for September 12


The National Indian Health Board is holding a rally for Indian health on September 12 in Washington, D.C.

The rally will be held at 1:30 PM in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room of the US Capitol Building. The goal is to build momentum for the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

"This is definitely the biggest push," said Geoffrey Roth, the executive director of the National Council of Urban Indian Health, one of the groups participating in the rally. "We are working as hard as we can to make sure the Hill understands this is the number one legislative priority for Indian Country right now," he said on Native America Calling.

On the same day of the rally, the Senate Finance Committee holds a markup on S.1200. The next step in the process would be a vote on the Senate floor. The House version is H.R.1328.

The law expired in 2000 but has not been renewed. The Bush administration has been at odds with Congress over major and minor provisions of the bill.

Relevant Links:
Indian Health Service - http://www.ihs.gov

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