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Northwest tribes await outcome of IHCIA vote

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians winter conference began on Tuesday as the Senate began debate on the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

Tribal leaders said the bill was crucial. They said it will address population growth, provide more funding and help tribes combat new health problems like methamphetamine abuse.

As the Senate opened debate, the White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy on S.1200. It threatened a veto and objected to numerous provisions, including those affecting urban Indians.

The ATNI conference is being held on the Yakama Reservation in Washington.

Get the Story:
Gathered tribes hear some hopeful news on health care (The Yakima Herald-Republic 1/23)
Congress considers revamping Indian health care system (The Great Falls Tribune 1/23)
Indian Health Bill Draws Veto Threat (AP 1/23)

Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments:
S.1200 | H.R.1328

House Energy and Commerce Committee Documents:
Summary | Manager's Amendment | Press Release | Webcast

Relevant Documents:
Letter to President Bush | Letter to Alberto Gonzales | DOJ White Paper

Relevant Links:
Indian Health Service -
National Indian Health Board -

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