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Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian Country (03/21)
The hidden costs of Affordable Care Act repeal with American Health Care Act replacement on Native Americans.
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget means less for the first AmericansFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget means less for the first Americans (03/16)
The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction.
Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budgetFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget (03/16)
The parent agencies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are seeing major cuts to offset increases in defense spending.
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on ObamacareFiled Under: Health | National
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare (03/01)
As the nation's politicians spar over the fate of Obamacare, tribes are still waiting on the federal government to fulfill its trust responsibilities.
Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measuresFiled Under: National | Technology | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measures (02/21)
More than 15 years after a computer shutdown sent Indian Country into turmoil, the agency is still struggling to protect its information technology systems.
Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump eraFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era (02/14)
Indian issues have always been portrayed as non-partisan but it looks like that's no longer the case, at least when it comes to health care.
Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocatesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates (02/13)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't support tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians while Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price wants to dismantle Obamacare.
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe (01/31)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) has refused to say whether he will defend the tribal jurisdiction provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Indian Health Service takes steps to expand community health aide programFiled Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service takes steps to expand community health aide program (01/09)
The IHS is forming a national workgroup after hearing positive feedback from tribes in the Lower 48.
Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care lawFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care law (01/04)
The GOP pledge to repeal Obamacare leaves the Indian Health Care Improvement Act at risk.
Mark Trahant: Navajo Republican lands job in Trump White HouseFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Navajo Republican lands job in Trump White House (12/12)
If, then, this. A series of three words explaining what happens in any new White House.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald Trump (12/08)
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican Indian or Democrat; the power to uplift or crush Indian Country is now in the hands of extremely conservative people.
Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new presidentFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics
Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new president (11/30)
The #NoDAPL movement, preventing suicide and promoting educational opportunities are among the top priorities of the new generation in Indian Country.
Mark Trahant: Indian health care at risk with Donald Trump's administrationFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian health care at risk with Donald Trump's administration (11/30)
President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system.
Tribes working to protect Indian health with Donald Trump in officeFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Tribes working to protect Indian health with Donald Trump in office (11/11)
Tribes are worried about losing a key Indian health care law with Republicans in control of Washington.
Mark Trahant: Native candidates for Congress in final stretchFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates for Congress in final stretch (10/26)
Thirteen days and counting. And the election issue once again is the Affordable Care Act.
NCAI President: A 'terrible job' at health care for the first AmericansFiled Under: Health | National
NCAI President: A 'terrible job' at health care for the first Americans (10/14)
It's no secret that the Indian Health Service is woefully inadequate.
Strong Hearts Helpline for Native survivors set for 2017 launchFiled Under: National
Strong Hearts Helpline for Native survivors set for 2017 launch (10/14)
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is starting the initiative.
Investigation confirms problems at Indian Health Service facilitiesFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Investigation confirms problems at Indian Health Service facilities (10/07)
Patients are suffering and some are even dying at the agency that provides health care to tribal citizens.
Indian Health Service to reopen emergency room in South DakotaFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service to reopen emergency room in South Dakota (07/14)
After seven months, nine deaths and five births in ambulances, the emergency room at the Rosebud Hospital will no longer be on diversion status.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe struggles with shutdown of emergency roomFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Rosebud Sioux Tribe struggles with shutdown of emergency room (07/13)
Since December, five babies have been born in ambulances and nine people have died while being transported to facilities far from the reservation.
Mike Rounds: Improving the Indian Health Service for tribal citizensFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mike Rounds: Improving the Indian Health Service for tribal citizens (07/08)
Over the past year, my office has been looking into the financial, structural and administrative problems at Indian Health Service so that we can better understand how to reform the agency and provide better health care for tribal members.
Sen. Mike Rounds formally requests audit of Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Sen. Mike Rounds formally requests audit of Indian Health Service (07/06)
The first-term member of Congress is seeking answers about the financial aspects of the troubled agency.
John Barrasso and John Thune: Reform the Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
John Barrasso and John Thune: Reform the Indian Health Service (07/05)
We have heard accounts of nurses unable to administer basic drugs, broken emergency-resuscitation equipment, unsanitary medical facilities, and seriously ill children being misdiagnosed.
Hearing on Indian Health Service draws South Dakota delegationFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Hearing on Indian Health Service draws South Dakota delegation (06/14)
Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe welcomes the attention being paid to the Indian Health Service.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set for South Dakota hearingFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set for South Dakota hearing (06/10)
A town hall and hearing in Rapid City will focus on issues at the Indian Health Service.
Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol HillFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill (05/25)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a field hearing on S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, in June.
Indian Health Service faces questions for efforts in troubled regionFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service faces questions for efforts in troubled region (05/16)
The leader of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and South Dakota's Congressional delegation aren't convinced of the agency's new improvement agreements.
Lakota Country Times: President Obama orders more compliance with ICWAFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: President Obama orders more compliance with ICWA (04/25)
With the Indian Child Welfare Act facing a barrage of criticism and multiple lawsuits intended to undermine the law, the White House is stepping g forward to make sure that federal entities comply with it.
Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service creates crisis in Great PlainsFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service creates crisis in Great Plains (04/11)
There is absolutely no excuse for hospitals not to reach basic benchmarks for providing proper health care.
Justice Department official warns of Indian Child Welfare Act fightFiled Under: Law | National
Justice Department official warns of Indian Child Welfare Act fight (04/05)
Nearly four decades after ICWA's passage in 1978, the landmark law still hasn't been accepted by everyone in the adoption, foster care and child welfare industries.
Cherokee Nation citizen Mary Smith to helm Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Cherokee Nation citizen Mary Smith to helm Indian Health Service (03/01)
Mary Smith is also taking over the principal deputy director position from Robert McSwain, a longtime IHS employee.
Gerald Howard: Support self-determination in Tribal TANF rulesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Gerald Howard: Support self-determination in Tribal TANF rules (02/19)
The Tribal TANF Fairness Act, H.R. 3026, has strong bi-partisan support and we are working to see the bill enacted.
Another IHS hospital threatened with loss of Medicare fundingFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Another IHS hospital threatened with loss of Medicare funding (02/16)
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service is giving the Indian Health Service until March 16 to address compliance issues.
President Obama seeks another increase for Indian Health Service budgetFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
President Obama seeks another increase for Indian Health Service budget (02/10)
The agency would see a record $6.6 million in funding under the last budget of President Barack Obama's administration.
IHS chief medical officer apologizes for comments about newbornsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
IHS chief medical officer apologizes for comments about newborns (02/04)
The agency's top medical advice and guidance official admitted she told Senate staff: 'If you’ve only had two babies hit the floor in eight years that's pretty good.'
Senate Indian Affairs Committee expands look into 'substandard' care at Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee expands look into 'substandard' care at Indian Health Service (01/22)
Lawmakers and staff are convening a listening session to hear from tribal members across Indian Country in addition to looking at the Great Plains Area of the IHS.
Government shutdown looms as Congress nears budget deadlineFiled Under: National | Politics
Government shutdown looms as Congress nears budget deadline (12/09)
A shutdown would put 71 percent of employees at the Interior Department -- home to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Special Trustee -- on furlough.
Nadine Gracia: Breaking down barriers for better Indian healthFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Nadine Gracia: Breaking down barriers for better Indian health (11/18)
Earlier this year, I had the privilege to visit the Wind River Indian Reservation to meet with tribal leaders and community members about the challenges faced by American Indians.
Omaha Tribe to start foster care system with grant from HHSFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Omaha Tribe to start foster care system with grant from HHS (09/25)
Indian children represent 5 percent of the foster care population in Nebraska even though they are just 2 percent of the entire child population.
Indian Health Service sets second meeting to discuss LGBT issuesFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Indian Health Service sets second meeting to discuss LGBT issues (08/26)
The meeting will be held at Department of Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington, D.C., on September 11.
Yvette Roubideaux: Making progress at Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Yvette Roubideaux: Making progress at Indian Health Service (06/30)
I joined the Indian Health Service knowing that there was much work to do and there were no quick fixes available.
IHS requests public comment on LGBT issues in Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | National
IHS requests public comment on LGBT issues in Indian Country (06/22)
A public meeting will be held sometime this summer as part of a new initiative to address the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Yvette Roubideaux to leave Obama administration after six yearsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Yvette Roubideaux to leave Obama administration after six years (06/02)
The physician, who is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was the first woman to lead the Indian Health Service.
Congress passes renewal of Indian Country diabetes programFiled Under: Health | Politics
Congress passes renewal of Indian Country diabetes program (04/16)
The Special Diabetes Program for Indians will be extended for two years under a bill that is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature.
Audio from House subcommittee's hearing on three tribal billsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics | Trust
Audio from House subcommittee's hearing on three tribal bills (04/14)
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) plans to move quickly on the bills with or without the support of the Obama administration.
Yvette Roubideaux: Diabetes program works for Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Yvette Roubideaux: Diabetes program works for Indian Country (04/09)
It is spring again, and the hopes for better weather are accompanied by the worries and concerns of many American Indian and Alaska Native communities working hard to prevent and treat diabetes and its complications.
Quechan Tribe loses bid to force US to pay for better health careFiled Under: Health | Law | Trust
Quechan Tribe loses bid to force US to pay for better health care (04/07)
The Indian Health Service facility on the reservation is the oldest in the United States but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the solution to adequate care lies with Congress.
HHS urged to do more to help tribes with foster care programsFiled Under: Health | Law | National
HHS urged to do more to help tribes with foster care programs (03/25)
Congress recognized tribal sovereignty in Title IV-E programs but only five tribes have been able to clear all the hurdles in the process.
Mark Trahant: House budget plan isn't good for Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: House budget plan isn't good for Indian Country (03/18)
Most of the cuts fall into 'domestic' spending and that’s the source of most of the federal dollars for Indian Country.
Northern Arapaho Tribe asks judge to block health care rulesFiled Under: Health | Law
Northern Arapaho Tribe asks judge to block health care rules (02/13)
The tribe faces $1.5 million tax penalties if it does not provide insurance to employees.
Robert McSwain named acting director of Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Robert McSwain named acting director of Indian Health Service (02/10)
Yvette Roubideaux will serve as a senior advisor while her official confirmation as director is sorted out.
Indian Health Service tops $5B mark with new budget proposalFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service tops $5B mark with new budget proposal (02/02)
The Obama administration is asking Congress to fund contract support costs on a permanent basis.
Opinion: Affordable Care Act offers behavorial health servicesFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Opinion: Affordable Care Act offers behavorial health services (01/28)
Access to health care coverage that includes services for mental health and/or substance use disorders is critical for everyone.
S.E. Ruckman: Series on Affordable Care Act and Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | National
S.E. Ruckman: Series on Affordable Care Act and Indian Country (01/05)
An ordinary glance might see Chinle, Arizona as sparse and unyielding. But it is the site of a bona fide bonanza.
Northern Arapaho Tribe files lawsuit over Affordable Care Act rulesFiled Under: Health | Law
Northern Arapaho Tribe files lawsuit over Affordable Care Act rules (12/10)
The tribe says working-class Native Americans who obtained coverage through healthcare.gov will be penalized.
Tribes warned about misspending of federal health care moneyFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Tribes warned about misspending of federal health care money (12/08)
The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services is taking a close look at tribal spending.
S.E. Ruckman: Series on health care law and Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | National
S.E. Ruckman: Series on health care law and Indian Country (11/17)
Taking a closer look at the Affordable Care Act and its impact in Indian Country.
Native Sun News: Montana tribe sees cut in heating assistanceFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Montana tribe sees cut in heating assistance (10/29)
So far old man winter hasn’t made his annual appearance at Northern Cheyenne country.
IHS and IRS  simplify tax exemption issue for Indian descendantsFiled Under: Health | National
IHS and IRS simplify tax exemption issue for Indian descendants (09/24)
Patients who are eligible for care through the IHS, urban Indian organizations and tribal providers will be able to be claim an exemption through the tax filing process.

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