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Indian Health Service to award scholarships and loan repaymentsFiled Under: Education | Health
Indian Health Service to award scholarships and loan repayments (01/10)
The agency plans to award about $13.7 million in scholarships and about $30 million in loan repayments.
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.
Indian Health Service plans to award $1.4M in Native youth grantsFiled Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service plans to award $1.4M in Native youth grants (12/07)
The money will be used to address suicidal behavior and substance misuse among Native youth.
Indian Health Service awards large contract in Great Plains AreaFiled Under: Health | National | Technology
Indian Health Service awards large contract in Great Plains Area (09/20)
The contract is worth $6.8 million for one year but could be extended to five years for a total cost of $100 million.
Indian Health Service hosts meeting with Direct Service TribesFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Indian Health Service hosts meeting with Direct Service Tribes (08/30)
Direct Service Tribes are the tribes that rely on the IHS to provide health care to their communities.
Indian Health Service board certifies more health aides in Alaska Filed Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service board certifies more health aides in Alaska (08/11)
The Community Health Aide Program trains Alaska Natives to provide services in their villages.
Indian Health Service finishes youth treatment center in CaliforniaFiled Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service finishes youth treatment center in California (08/02)
The Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center will provide alcohol and drug abuse treatment to youth ages 12 to 17.
Indian Health Service develops policy for tribes to buy coverageFiled Under: Health | Law
Indian Health Service develops policy for tribes to buy coverage (07/18)
The agency is asking tribes and urban Indian organizations for comments about the use of federal funds to purchase health insurance.
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.
Indian Health Service remains on defensive as troubles continueFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service remains on defensive as troubles continue (07/13)
Tribes and lawmakers question whether the agency is making progress in the troubled Great Plains Area.
Mary Smith: Indian Health Service takes action to stop opioid abuseFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Mary Smith: Indian Health Service takes action to stop opioid abuse (07/07)
IHS data indicate that the rate of drug-related deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives has increased dramatically in recent decades.
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.
Tohono O'odham Nation signs health self-governance compactFiled Under: Health | National
Tohono O'odham Nation signs health self-governance compact (06/30)
Beginning July 1, the tribe will take over most administrative and clinical operations at the Sells Service Unit in Arizona.
Indian Health Service expresses support for reform bill in SenateFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service expresses support for reform bill in Senate (06/17)
S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, aims to improve accountability, transparency and patient care at the troubled agency.
Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge Hospital sees shakeup in staffFiled Under: Health | National
Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge Hospital sees shakeup in staff (06/07)
Only weeks after Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Yellowbird Steele pledged to close the Aberdeen Area Office and contract out the emergency room in Pine Ridge, federal officials opted to hire a contractor to do just that.
Indian Health Service considers changes in troubled Great PlainsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service considers changes in troubled Great Plains (06/02)
At least one tribal leader has demanded the closure of the office in Aberdeen, South Dakota, which is far from nearly every reservation in the region.
Indian Health Service asks tribes about community health aidesFiled Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service asks tribes about community health aides (06/01)
A program that has proven successful in Alaska is poised to become a nationwide model.
Indian Health Service hires contractor to run emergency roomsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service hires contractor to run emergency rooms (05/18)
AB Staffing Solutions will run the Winnebago, Rosebud and Pine Ridge hospitals in the Great Plains Area for at least one year.
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.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over 'crisis' in careFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over 'crisis' in care (04/28)
Since the emergency room on the hospital shut down in December, six people have died while seeking urgent care at facilities far from the reservation.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe kept in dark about IHS emergency room contractFiled Under: Health | National
Rosebud Sioux Tribe kept in dark about IHS emergency room contract (04/25)
Tribal officials weren't told about a request for outside help until the day before submissions were due.
Indian Health Service failing to make progress in troubled regionFiled Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service failing to make progress in troubled region (04/11)
Yet another facility in the Great Plains Area stands to lose certification due to numerous deficiencies.
New leader of Indian Health Service promises fixes in Great PlainsFiled Under: Health | National
New leader of Indian Health Service promises fixes in Great Plains (04/07)
Acting director Mary Smith heard complaints from tribal leaders and tribal members during a visit to South Dakota.
New leader of Indian Health Service plans big trip to Great PlainsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
New leader of Indian Health Service plans big trip to Great Plains (03/23)
Mary Smith, who was named acting director of the agency earlier this month, wants to hear from 'all of the tribes' in a region that has been under intense scrutiny in Indian Country and in Congress.
Indian Health Service extends comment period on emergency fundFiled Under: Health
Indian Health Service extends comment period on emergency fund (03/11)
The Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund is designed to meet the medical costs associated with the treatment of victims of disasters or catastrophic illnesses.
Indian Health Service aims to save certification for troubled facilityFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service aims to save certification for troubled facility (03/09)
The new leader of the beleaguered agency vowed to do 'whatever it takes' to prevent more facilities in the troubled Great Plains Area from losing a key source of funding.
Mary Smith: Bringing more accountability to Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Mary Smith: Bringing more accountability to Indian Health Service (03/09)
We are committed to fixing these issues not simply in the short-term but so that the changes are sustainable over time.
New leader of Indian Health Service to testify about budget requestFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
New leader of Indian Health Service to testify about budget request (03/08)
Mary Smith, a member of the Cherokee Nation, took over the troubled agency just last week.
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.
Suicide raised as major issue during NCAI's annual conventionFiled Under: Health | National
Suicide raised as major issue during NCAI's annual convention (10/20)
One elder wondered why the largest inter-tribal organization in the lower 48 failed to put suicide on the agenda for its annual meeting.
American Bar Association to honor Mary Smith, CherokeeFiled Under: Law
American Bar Association to honor Mary Smith, Cherokee (11/04)
Mary Smith, a member of the Cherokee Nation, will receive the 2012 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association. Smith was selected for her efforts to promote a...

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