Indian Health Service Cooperative Agreements promote tribal self-governance

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Annual awards support tribes and tribal organizations with the planning and preparation necessary to assume responsibility for providing health care to their tribal members

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Indian Health Service

Today, the Indian Health Service announced the recipients for the Fiscal Year 2020 Tribal Self-Governance Planning and Negotiation Cooperative Agreements administered by the Office of Tribal Self-Governance .

“These cooperative awards highlight the commitment of the Indian Health Service to tribal self-governance,” said Indian Health Service Acting Director Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee. “The partnership between the Indian Health Service and the tribes and tribal organizations we serve is critical to our success in providing access to quality health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives.”

These annual Indian Health Service cooperative agreement awards support tribes and tribal organizations with the planning and preparation necessary to assume responsibility for providing health care to their tribal members through the Tribal Self-Governance Program. Eight recipients received awards ranging from $48,000 to $120,000. The total amount of awards for 2019 is $802,000.

Planning Cooperative Agreement

The Planning Cooperative Agreement assists tribes with the planning phase of the self-governance program, which includes legal and budgetary research, internal tribal government planning, and organization preparation relating to the administration of health care programs. 

This year’s awardees include the following:

Pictured: Indian Health Service Planning Cooperative Agreement awardees 2019.
Pictured: Indian Health Service Planning Cooperative Agreement awardees 2019.Screenshot: Lisa J. Ellwood, Indian Country Today, from information supplied by the Indian Health Service.

Negotiation Cooperative Agreement

The Negotiation Cooperative Agreement assists tribes to defray the costs related to preparing for and conducting self-governance program negotiations. Negotiations provide an opportunity for the tribal and federal negotiation teams to work together in good faith to enhance each self-governance agreement. 

This year’s awardees include the following:

Pictured: Indian Health Service Negotiation Cooperative Agreement awardees 2019.
Pictured: Indian Health Service Negotiation Cooperative Agreement awardees 2019.Screenshot: Lisa J. Ellwood, Indian Country Today, from information supplied by the Indian Health Service.

The Indian Health Service Tribal Self-Governance Program is an expression of the nation-to-nation relationship between the U.S. and the tribes. Strong federal-tribal partnerships are critical to the program’s success. Through the program, tribes have the option to assume Indian Health Service program funds and manage them to best fit the needs of their tribal communities.

The Indian Health Service Office of Tribal Self-Governance serves as the primary liaison for tribes participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program. The office develops and oversees the implementation of tribal self-governance legislation and authorities within the Indian Health Service. They also provide information, technical assistance, and policy coordination in support of Indian Health Service self-governance activities, with input from Indian Health Service staff and workgroups, tribes, and tribal organizations, and the Indian Health Service Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee.

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. 

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