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Association of American Indian Physicians

The Association of American Indian Physicians has announced in a recent letter to the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee offering their full support and endorsement for the nomination of Rear Admiral (RADM) Michael Weahkee, Zuni, for the Office of Director, Indian Health Service. The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 professional organization founded in 1971 with more than 450 physician members from around the country and is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Association of American Indian Physicians President Walt Hollow, MD states in the letter: “Association of American Indian Physicians’s Executive Board and the Policy and Legislative Committee recently interviewed Rear Admiral Weahkee regarding his excellent qualifications for the position and endorse his appointment”. Rear Admiral Weahkee currently serves as Principal Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS) which is the principal federal health care advocate and provider of health care services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Indian Health Service health care delivery program is responsible for providing preventative, curative and community health care for approximately 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. 

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Rear Admiral Weahkee has received several public health service honors and awards, including an Exceptional Proficiency Promotion to the rank of Captain, three Outstanding Service Medals, and four Indian Health Service National Director’s Awards. 

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