September 30, 2014  |  Issue 14-29





IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Meeting

October 8-9, 2014

Washington, DC

Indian Health Service Budget Summit

October 13 and 14, 2014

Washington, DC


Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee Meeting

October 15-16, 2014

Washington, DC 


Medicare, Medicaid Policy Committee Face to Face Meeting

November 18, 2014

Washington, DC 


Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (CMS) Meeting 

November 19-20, 2014

Washington, DC

HHS Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting

December 4-5, 2014

Washington, DC 



NIHB Tribal Public Health Summit 

April 6-10, 2015

California Area

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In This Issue


Save the Dates! 

NIHB Announces 2015 Conference Dates 

The National Indian Health Board is pleased to announce its 2015 Conference dates: 


  • The 6th Annual Tribal Public Health Summit will be held from April 6-10, 2015 in the California Area. NIHB's National Tribal Public Health Summit provides a forum for Tribal leaders, health directors, providers, public health professionals, policy and lawmakers to gather and share information about the challenges and promising solutions to promoting health and preventing illness in Native communities across Indian Country
  • NIHB's Annual Consumer Conference will occur from September 21-24, 2015 in Washington, DC.  This event is the premier meeting for all interested in American Indian/ Alaska Native health policy and implementation.  This year, because the conference is based in Washington, DC you will have the opportunity to interface with lawmakers and other federal officials, in addition to receiving great content on the latest innovations in Indian health. 

Indian Health Service Budget Summit - October 13 and 14

On October 13 and 14, Tribes from across Indian Country will gather in Washington, DC to discuss strategies for increasing and improving the Indian Health Service (IHS) budget.

The 2014 IHS Budget Summit aims to engage Tribal leaders, technical advisors, academic experts, and Federal government representatives in strategic discussions about current and future budget and appropriations for IHS. Throughout the two-day meeting, participants will discuss topics including:  budget formulation process, current budget climate, budget priorities, and future recommendations for budget development. 


Indian Country is working together to develop the Summit agenda, bringing experts from across the branches of Government to identify strategies that reflect the needs of Tribal communities across the country.   

Click here for a draft agenda. 

Please contact Caitrin Shuy, NIHB's Director of Congressional Relations with any questions at or (202) 507-4085.


Administration Updates

CMS Reviews Tribal Consultation Policy

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reviewing and updating the CMS Consultation Policy that was issued on November 17, 2011.  Since adopting the Tribal Consultation Policy, CMS has held regular All Tribes Calls, face-to-face meetings, and other program specific consultations with Tribal representatives.  As part of the requirements of the Tribal Consultation Policy, CMS must conduct periodic assessments of the policy and the agency's effectiveness in providing a meaningful consultation process.  


As a result, CMS is asking for Tribal leaders to provide recommendations on how they can improve the policy.  Specifically, CMS has asked that Tribes provide feedback and recommendations on how CMS can work with states and Tribes to make the state-Tribal consultation process more effective, particularly because state Medicaid programs are required to consult with Tribes and Indian health care programs located within their state. You can view the current consultation policy here.


CMS is asking that comments and recommendations be submitted by October 1, 2014. Written comments or proposed recommendations are to be sent to Linda Brown, Deputy Director, Tribal Affairs Division, Intergovernmental and External Affairs Group, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, at


NIHB is working with the Tribal Technical Advisory Group (TTAG) to submit comments but are encouraging Tribes to submit their own. For a copy of NIHB's comments or a template to use to submit your own comments and recommendations, please contact Devin Delrow, NIHB Policy Associate for Medicare, Medicaid, and Health Care Reformat or (202) 507-4072. 


The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) is announcing the establishment of a
Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee (TCAC). The NIH TCAC will provide a venue wherein Tribal representatives and NIH staff can exchange information about NIH research policies and program priorities.  As an advisory committee, the NIH TCAC will provide recommendations on the development of relevant NIH policies, programs, and priorities.  The NIH TCAC will also seek to ensure that NIH policies or activities that affect Indian Country are brought to the attention of Tribal leaders.


NIH is seeking nominations for 17 slots, 12 Area representatives and 5 at large members. Each area representative must be an elected official or a Tribal employee, who is designated to act on behalf of a Tribal leader and is qualified to represent the views of the Indian Tribes in the area for which he/she is being nominated.  Each national at-large representative must be an elected official or designated representative who is qualified to represent the views of Tribes from a national collective perspective (for example, views of groups such as the National Congress of American Indians or the National Indian Health Board). 


Nominations are due on October 17, 2014 and should be sent to:


Kathy Etz, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor for Tribal Affairs to the NIH Principal Deputy Director

1 Center Drive, Building 1, Room 108

Bethesda, Maryland  20892



Notification of members will be done in November 2014 and convene the first TCAC meeting by February 2015.  Please click here to learn more. 



EPA Announces 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants Request for Applications


The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Environmental Justice recently announced the opening of its Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program. The EJSG Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help eligible non-profit organizations and Tribal communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks at the local level.


The total estimated amount of funding available for awards under this solicitation for fiscal year 2015 is approximately $1,200,000. EPA anticipates awarding up to four grants per EPA region in amounts of up to $30,000 per award for a two-year project period. For more information regarding the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program and to view the RFA, please click here


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