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President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary
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President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary (November 13, 2017)
Alex Azar, a pharmaceutical executive, served in top leadership posts at the department in George W. Bush administration, an era of resistance to Indian health care.

President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service
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President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service (October 9, 2017)
It's taken longer than expected but President Donald Trump is finally addressing the leadership void at the beleaguered Indian Health Service.

Secretary Zinke under investigation over 'motivational speech' to hockey team
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Secretary Zinke under investigation over 'motivational speech' to hockey team (October 4, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is facing a second investigation connected to his trip on a private plane that cost taxpayers more than $12,000.

Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's health secretary gone after reaching out to Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's health secretary gone after reaching out to Indian Country (October 2, 2017)
Are we back to square one when it comes to the Indian Health Service and the Trump administration?

Secretary Zinke flew home to Montana on charter flight that cost over $12K
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Secretary Zinke flew home to Montana on charter flight that cost over $12K (September 29, 2017)
Controversy over the Trump administration's travel practices is growing, with Secretary Ryan Zinke's unusual trip from Nevada to his home in Montana coming under scrutiny.

President Trump upset with Secretary of Health and Human Services over private flights
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President Trump upset with Secretary of Health and Human Services over private flights (September 28, 2017)
President Donald Trump is upset with the official who oversees the Indian Health Service due to his frequent use of private planes.

Secretary of Health and Human Services took private plane to tribal meetings
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Secretary of Health and Human Services took private plane to tribal meetings (September 25, 2017)
The Indian Health Service remains woefully underfunded but taxpayers have been footing the costs of Secretary Tom Price's private jet travel.

Secretary of Health and Human Services continues outreach in Indian Country
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Secretary of Health and Human Services continues outreach in Indian Country (September 19, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of Health and Human Services is in Oklahoma this week to meet with tribes and learn more about their health care efforts.

Mark Trahant: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors
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Mark Trahant: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors (June 19, 2017)
The Republican health reform bill will destroy the economy, independent journalist Mark Trahant writes.

Kickapoo Tribe welcomes $1.18M grant for child and family programs
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Kickapoo Tribe welcomes $1.18M grant for child and family programs (June 8, 2017)
The Kickapoo Tribe is using a $1.18 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support child and family programs in Kansas.

President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request
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President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request (May 23, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are among the many losers in the Trump world.

Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
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Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)
Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings
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Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings (May 17, 2017)
Lawmakers who control the federal government's spending levels are continuing to focus on Indian Country.

Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team
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Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team (May 15, 2017)
More than 100 days into the Trump administration, Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for their interests in the nation's capital.

Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts
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Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts (May 2, 2017)
The 2017 omnibus appropriations package includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and $5 billion for the Indian Health Service.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal group advocates for Indian health
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Native Sun News Today: Tribal group advocates for Indian health (March 30, 2017)
The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board serves tribes and tribal citizens in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian Country
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Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian Country (March 21, 2017)
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 Americans
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Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget means less for the first Americans (March 16, 2017)
The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction.

Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget
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Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget (March 16, 2017)
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 Obamacare
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Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare (March 1, 2017)
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 measures
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Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measures (February 21, 2017)
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 era
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Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era (February 14, 2017)
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 advocates
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Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates (February 13, 2017)
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 foe
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Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe (January 31, 2017)
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 program
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Indian Health Service takes steps to expand community health aide program (January 9, 2017)
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 law
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Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care law (January 4, 2017)
The GOP pledge to repeal Obamacare leaves the Indian Health Care Improvement Act at risk.

Mark Trahant: Navajo Republican lands job in Trump White House
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Mark Trahant: Navajo Republican lands job in Trump White House (December 12, 2016)
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 Trump
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Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald Trump (December 8, 2016)
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 president
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Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new president (November 30, 2016)
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 administration
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Mark Trahant: Indian health care at risk with Donald Trump's administration (November 30, 2016)
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 office
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Tribes working to protect Indian health with Donald Trump in office (November 11, 2016)
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 stretch
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Mark Trahant: Native candidates for Congress in final stretch (October 26, 2016)
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 Americans
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NCAI President: A 'terrible job' at health care for the first Americans (October 14, 2016)
It's no secret that the Indian Health Service is woefully inadequate.

Strong Hearts Helpline for Native survivors set for 2017 launch
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Strong Hearts Helpline for Native survivors set for 2017 launch (October 14, 2016)
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is starting the initiative.

Investigation confirms problems at Indian Health Service facilities
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Investigation confirms problems at Indian Health Service facilities (October 7, 2016)
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 Dakota
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Indian Health Service to reopen emergency room in South Dakota (July 14, 2016)
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 room
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Rosebud Sioux Tribe struggles with shutdown of emergency room (July 13, 2016)
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 citizens
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Mike Rounds: Improving the Indian Health Service for tribal citizens (July 8, 2016)
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 Service
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Sen. Mike Rounds formally requests audit of Indian Health Service (July 6, 2016)
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 Service
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John Barrasso and John Thune: Reform the Indian Health Service (July 5, 2016)
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 delegation
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Hearing on Indian Health Service draws South Dakota delegation (June 14, 2016)
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 hearing
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set for South Dakota hearing (June 10, 2016)
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 Hill
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Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill (May 25, 2016)
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 region
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Indian Health Service faces questions for efforts in troubled region (May 16, 2016)
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 ICWA
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Lakota Country Times: President Obama orders more compliance with ICWA (April 25, 2016)
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 Plains
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Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service creates crisis in Great Plains (April 11, 2016)
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 fight
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Justice Department official warns of Indian Child Welfare Act fight (April 5, 2016)
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 Service
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Cherokee Nation citizen Mary Smith to helm Indian Health Service (March 1, 2016)
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 rules
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Gerald Howard: Support self-determination in Tribal TANF rules (February 19, 2016)
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 funding
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Another IHS hospital threatened with loss of Medicare funding (February 16, 2016)
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 budget
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President Obama seeks another increase for Indian Health Service budget (February 10, 2016)
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 newborns
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IHS chief medical officer apologizes for comments about newborns (February 4, 2016)
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 Service
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee expands look into 'substandard' care at Indian Health Service (January 22, 2016)
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 deadline
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Government shutdown looms as Congress nears budget deadline (December 9, 2015)
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 health
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Nadine Gracia: Breaking down barriers for better Indian health (November 18, 2015)
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 HHS
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Omaha Tribe to start foster care system with grant from HHS (September 25, 2015)
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 issues
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Indian Health Service sets second meeting to discuss LGBT issues (August 26, 2015)
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 Service
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Yvette Roubideaux: Making progress at Indian Health Service (June 30, 2015)
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 Country
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IHS requests public comment on LGBT issues in Indian Country (June 22, 2015)
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 years
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Yvette Roubideaux to leave Obama administration after six years (June 2, 2015)
The physician, who is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was the first woman to lead the Indian Health Service.

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