May 5, 2015 |  Issue 15-13




Joint Direct Service/ Self-Governance Tribal Advisory Committee Meetings

May 13-14,2015

Rockville, MD


White House Conference on Aging 2015 American Indian/Alaska Native Listening Session

May 6, 2015

Norman, OK 


Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting

June 2-3, 2015

Washington, DC


NIHB Annual Consumer Conference

September 21-24, 2015

Washington, DC

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In This Issue 


NIHB Updates
JOB OPENING  Executive Assistant National Indian Health Board

There is an opening at National Indian Health Board (NIHB) for the position of Executive Assistant.  The position description and instructions about how to apply for the job can be found here. 


If you know someone who you think would be a good fit for the position and for NIHB, please pass this along to them.  They can also find this information at

National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Annual Consumer Conference will be held from September 21-24, 2015 in Washington DC at the Capitol Hilton. The conference is NIHB's premier policy-focused conference that will address key topics relating to American Indian and Alaska Native health issues.  

A draft agenda and other conference information will be available in the coming weeks. 
Legislative Updates

NIHB Testifies before House Appropriations Committee 

On April 23, 2015, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies held a Budget Hearing on Programs Serving Native Americans.  This subcommittee is responsible for allocating annual funding for agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (with the exception of the Indian Health Service (IHS)) and the Departments of Education, Labor and related agencies.  The hearing represented a key opportunity for Tribal advocates to describe challenges that Indian Country faces when it comes to accessing federal programs at HHS and other federal agencies.  NIHB Executive Director Stacy Bohlen was among the witnesses testifying before the Committee.


"The federal trust responsibility to the Tribes extends to all agencies of the federal government.  When it comes to health, this is not just the Indian Health Service," said NIHB Executive Director Stacy A. Bohlen.  "With all these serious problems [in Indian Country], it is critical that Congress expand a support to build public health services and infrastructure in Indian Country."  NIHB highlighted the structural, administrative obstacles Tribes face when attempting to access HHS opportunities, such as block grant funds to the States with no assurance that Tribes will be able to access such funding.


You can view a webcast of the hearing here


House of Representatives begins to consider FY 2016 Appropriations, Potential Conflicts on the Horizon

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two of the twelve FY 2016 Appropriations measures.  Both measures passed with relatively small margins, which could be a sign for future conflict on appropriations.  For example, the Military Construction-Veterans Administration (H.R. 2029) passed by a vote of 255-163.  Typically, this annual legislation only gets a small handful of votes against it.

Funding for many Indian programs (Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education) is contained in the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which is often one of the more controversial measures. This is because the same legislation funds the Environmental Protection Agency, which is often a target of partisan disagreements.  

NIHB will be sending information about FY 2016 appropriations as it becomes available.  Please contact Caitrin Shuy ( with any questions you have regarding FY 2016 appropriations.  
Administration Updates

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Division of Tribal Affairs joined forces to create Affordable Care Act (ACA) educational materials specifically for the Native youth population. The materials, highlighting the Fast Five Facts that Native youth need to know about the ACA, include three Public Service Announcements (PSAs), a poster and brochure. All materials are available for immediate download at NIHB's Tribal Health Reform Resource Center website. Tribes, Tribal organizations, I/T/Us, and other ACA stakeholders are encouraged to use the materials in their communities to help educate and empower youth, so that they in turn, can share information about the ACA with their families.


The Five Fast Facts that Native youth need to know about the Affordable Care Act are:

  1. They can be added to or kept on their parent or guardian's health insurance until they turn 26 years old. 
  2. They will be covered for prevention screenings for STDs, HIV, pregnancy, depression and diabetes.
  3. Their additional coverage will allow them to receive services outside of the Indian Health Service.
  4.  Medicaid may be an additional option for health coverage.
  5. Their parents can file an exemption from the tax penalty for them.

For more information, contact April Hale, NIHB Tribal Health Reform Outreach and Education Communications Coordinator, at 202-507-4077 or



HHS Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee: Nominations for Vacancies Requested by HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) currently has vacancies, and is soliciting recommendations for nominations to serve as delegates for the areas with an open seat.


HHS established the STAC in 2010 in an effort to create a coordinated, Department-wide strategy to incorporate Tribal guidance on HHS priorities, policies, and budget.  The STAC's Tribal representation consists of seventeen primary positions: one delegate from each of the twelve Indian Health Service (IHS) areas and one delegate for the five National At-Large Member positions. In addition to the primary members, alternates are also designated. In working closely with Tribal leadership on this committee, the Department has elevated the level of attention given to the government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes and has developed mechanisms for continuous communication with Tribes. 


 Those selected will serve a two-year term. The vacancies open for nomination are:

  1. Aberdeen
  2. Alaska
  3. Billings
  4. Navajo
  5. Phoenix
  6. Tucson
  7. National At-Large Primary Delegate (2)
  8. National At-Large Alternate Delegate
Click here to read the Dear Tribal Leader Letter which contains additional information about the nomination process.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is soliciting applications, for cooperative agreements under its Injury Prevention Program. The IHS has $1.8 million in FY 2015 funds for this program. The priorities for funding are prevention of motor vehicle crash related injuries and unintentional fall injuries. 

Eligible applicants are Tribes, Tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations. Funds are for five-year projects and will be awarded in two Parts. Applicants may apply under both Parts but can be awarded funds under only one Part.

The deadline for Applications is June 15, 2015.  Please
click here to learn more about how to apply.
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