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Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian Country
Health | Opinion | Politics
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.

Indian Health Service to award scholarships and loan repayments
Education | Health
Indian Health Service to award scholarships and loan repayments (January 10, 2017)
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 program
Health | National
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.

Indian Health Service plans to award $1.4M in Native youth grants
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Indian Health Service plans to award $1.4M in Native youth grants (December 7, 2016)
The money will be used to address suicidal behavior and substance misuse among Native youth.

Indian Health Service awards large contract in Great Plains Area
Health | National | Technology
Indian Health Service awards large contract in Great Plains Area (September 20, 2016)
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 Tribes
Health | Opinion
Indian Health Service hosts meeting with Direct Service Tribes (August 30, 2016)
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
Health | National
Indian Health Service board certifies more health aides in Alaska (August 11, 2016)
The Community Health Aide Program trains Alaska Natives to provide services in their villages.

Indian Health Service finishes youth treatment center in California
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Indian Health Service finishes youth treatment center in California (August 2, 2016)
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 coverage
Health | Law
Indian Health Service develops policy for tribes to buy coverage (July 18, 2016)
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 Dakota
Health | National | Politics
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
Health | Law | National | Politics
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.

Indian Health Service remains on defensive as troubles continue
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service remains on defensive as troubles continue (July 13, 2016)
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 abuse
Health | Opinion
Mary Smith: Indian Health Service takes action to stop opioid abuse (July 7, 2016)
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 Service
Health | National | Politics
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.

Tohono O'odham Nation signs health self-governance compact
Health | National
Tohono O'odham Nation signs health self-governance compact (June 30, 2016)
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 Senate
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service expresses support for reform bill in Senate (June 17, 2016)
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 staff
Health | National
Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge Hospital sees shakeup in staff (June 7, 2016)
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 Plains
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service considers changes in troubled Great Plains (June 2, 2016)
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 aides
Health | National
Indian Health Service asks tribes about community health aides (June 1, 2016)
A program that has proven successful in Alaska is poised to become a nationwide model.

Indian Health Service hires contractor to run emergency rooms
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service hires contractor to run emergency rooms (May 18, 2016)
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 region
Health | National | Politics
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.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over 'crisis' in care
Health | Law | National
Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over 'crisis' in care (April 28, 2016)
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 contract
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Rosebud Sioux Tribe kept in dark about IHS emergency room contract (April 25, 2016)
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 region
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Indian Health Service failing to make progress in troubled region (April 11, 2016)
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 Plains
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New leader of Indian Health Service promises fixes in Great Plains (April 7, 2016)
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 Plains
Health | National | Politics
New leader of Indian Health Service plans big trip to Great Plains (March 23, 2016)
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 fund
Health
Indian Health Service extends comment period on emergency fund (March 11, 2016)
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 facility
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service aims to save certification for troubled facility (March 9, 2016)
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 Service
Health | Opinion
Mary Smith: Bringing more accountability to Indian Health Service (March 9, 2016)
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 request
Health | National | Politics
New leader of Indian Health Service to testify about budget request (March 8, 2016)
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 Service
Health | National | Politics
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.

Suicide raised as major issue during NCAI's annual convention
Health | National
Suicide raised as major issue during NCAI's annual convention (October 20, 2015)
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, Cherokee
Law
American Bar Association to honor Mary Smith, Cherokee (November 4, 2011)
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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