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Yes, tribal nations are sovereign, but the U.S. still has obligations for their wellbeing.
The hidden costs of Affordable Care Act repeal with American Health Care Act replacement on Native Americans.
The agency plans to award about $13.7 million in scholarships and about $30 million in loan repayments.
The IHS is forming a national workgroup after hearing positive feedback from tribes in the Lower 48.
The money will be used to address suicidal behavior and substance misuse among Native youth.
The contract is worth $6.8 million for one year but could be extended to five years for a total cost of $100 million.
Direct Service Tribes are the tribes that rely on the IHS to provide health care to their communities.
The Community Health Aide Program trains Alaska Natives to provide services in their villages.
The Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center will provide alcohol and drug abuse treatment to youth ages 12 to 17.
The agency is asking tribes and urban Indian organizations for comments about the use of federal funds to purchase health insurance.
After seven months, nine deaths and five births in ambulances, the emergency room at the Rosebud Hospital will no longer be on diversion status.
Since December, five babies have been born in ambulances and nine people have died while being transported to facilities far from the reservation.
Tribes and lawmakers question whether the agency is making progress in the troubled Great Plains Area.
IHS data indicate that the rate of drug-related deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives has increased dramatically in recent decades.
The first-term member of Congress is seeking answers about the financial aspects of the troubled agency.
Beginning July 1, the tribe will take over most administrative and clinical operations at the Sells Service Unit in Arizona.
S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, aims to improve accountability, transparency and patient care at the troubled agency.
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.
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.
A program that has proven successful in Alaska is poised to become a nationwide model.
AB Staffing Solutions will run the Winnebago, Rosebud and Pine Ridge hospitals in the Great Plains Area for at least one year.
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.
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.
Tribal officials weren't told about a request for outside help until the day before submissions were due.
Yet another facility in the Great Plains Area stands to lose certification due to numerous deficiencies.
Acting director Mary Smith heard complaints from tribal leaders and tribal members during a visit to South Dakota.
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.
The Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund is designed to meet the medical costs associated with the treatment of victims of disasters or catastrophic illnesses.
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.
We are committed to fixing these issues not simply in the short-term but so that the changes are sustainable over time.
Mary Smith, a member of the Cherokee Nation, took over the troubled agency just last week.
Mary Smith is also taking over the principal deputy director position from Robert McSwain, a longtime IHS employee.
One elder wondered why the largest inter-tribal organization in the lower 48 failed to put suicide on the agenda for its annual meeting.
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...