News Release

Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service has awarded funding totaling $25 million to 14 tribes and tribal organizations as part of a competitive Small Ambulatory Program to fund the construction, expansion or modernization of small ambulatory health care facilities.

“Small ambulatory health care facilities are an important part of the health care delivery system across Indian Country,” said Indian Health Service Acting Director Elizabeth Fowler. “For years, the Indian Health Service Small Ambulatory Program has been helping our tribal partners expand access to quality health care in Native communities, and we look forward to that continuing with this round of funding.”

The following tribes and tribal organizations received funding:

  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – Anchorage, Alaska – $2,000,000
  • Southcentral Foundation – Anchorage, Alaska – $2,000,000
  • The Native Community of Akiachak – Akiachak, Alaska – $2,000,000
  • Kodiak Area Native Association – Kodiak, Alaska – $2,000,000
  • Ninilchik Village Tribe – Ninilchik, Alaska – $1,960,000
  • Seldovia Village Tribe – Seldovia, Alaska – $2,000,000
  • Pit River Health Service – Burney, California – $2,000,000
  • Karuk Tribe – Happy Camp, California – $1,932,560
  • Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Reservation – Browning, Montana – $2,000,000
  • Seneca Nation of Indians – Salamanca, New York –$656,986
  • Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma – Ponca City, Oklahoma – $600,000
  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation – Shawnee, Oklahoma – $2,000,000
  • Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas – Livingston, Texas – $2,000,000
  • Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah – Cedar City, Utah – $2,000,000

The Indian Health Service Small Ambulatory Program supports tribes that are working to expand access to various outpatient services for patients. This includes offering new services, expanding existing services, and upgrading outdated facilities. Since the program began in 2001, over 60 projects have been funded, totaling more than $99 million.

The Indian Health Service Office of Environmental Health and Engineering supports the Indian Health Service and tribal communities by providing functional, well maintained health care facilities and staff housing, technical and financial assistance to tribes on safe water and wastewater systems, and a broad range of environmental health and injury prevention activities throughout Indian Country.

The Indian Health Service, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 574 federally recognized tribes in 37 states. Follow the agency via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.