Roselyn Tso Is Nominated to Run Indian Health Service

The president had made a campaign promise to address the longstanding issues plaguing the agency, which has lacked consistent leadership.

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Indian Health Service Reverses Policy on Black Natives

The shift comes as the Biden administration pressures Native tribes in Oklahoma to desegregate their constitutions to comply with treaty obligations.

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Indian Health Service ‘Willfully Ignored’ Sexual Abuse by Doctor, Report Finds

The independent inquiry, kept private until now, says agency leaders feared that addressing accusations of misconduct by a pediatrician would be ‘awkward.’

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For Tribal Members in Oklahoma, Medicaid Expansion Improves Access to Specialty Care

Medicaid expansion is expected to improve not just access to care for low-income Native Americans who had previously been shut out of health insurance, but the finances of the Indian Health Service.

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Indian Health Service Settles Dispute Over Care in New Mexico

The federal agency agreed to postpone for a year its proposal to cut service at a hospital serving 9,100 tribal citizens.

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Tribal Communities Set to Receive Big New Infusion of Aid

President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package provides $31 billion for tribal nations and Indigenous people to address longstanding problems like poor health care.

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Plenty of Vaccines, but Not Enough Arms: A Warning Sign in Cherokee Nation

The tribe in Oklahoma is facing a problem that is likely to become more commonplace across the country: how to vaccinate everyone not eagerly lining up for a shot.

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Native Americans ‘Left Out in the Cold’ Under Trump Press Biden for Action

After showing political clout in the 2020 election, tribal communities are hoping for more attention and money to address their long-running problems with poverty, health care and other issues.

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Community’s Loss of Hospital Stirs Fresh Debate Over Indian Health Service

Faced with a budget problem, the federal agency responsible for tribal health care solved it by reducing a long-established hospital in New Mexico to a clinic — in the middle of the pandemic.

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Pandemic Highlights Deep-Rooted Problems in Indian Health Service

Few hospital beds, lack of equipment, a shipment of body bags in response to a request for coronavirus tests: The agency providing health care to tribal communities struggled to meet the challenge.

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On Native American Land, Contact Tracing Is Saving Lives

As the coronavirus spread on the Fort Apache reservation in Arizona, medical teams sought out residents who might have been exposed. The effort paid off in unexpected ways.

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Are More Car-Free Streets in N.Y.C.’s Future?

The tension between “those who see cars as evil and those who see cars as essential” intensifies as social distancing puts a premium on space.

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Tribe in South Dakota Seeks Court Ruling Over Standoff on Blocking Virus

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe set up checkpoints to limit the spread of the coronavirus. After the state objected, the White House got involved. Now the tribe has asked a federal judge to intervene.

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