National Council of Urban Indian Health
On behalf of the National Council of Urban Indian Health, President Maureen Rosette, Chippewa Cree Nation, testified before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee as part of American Indian and Alaska Native Public Witness Days (February 11 and 12, 2020). President Rosette was invited as an Honorable expert witness participating on the health care panel of the 1st day of tribal and urban leader hearings.
Each year, National Council of Urban Indian Health provides in depth testimony addressing the needs of urban Indian health care. This is the second year in a row that President Rosette has spoken to the House Appropriations Subcommittee, thanking them for their continued work.
“National Council of Urban Indian Health is appreciative for the Subcommittee’s strong leadership and continued bipartisan support for urban Indian health. For Fiscal Year 2021, National Council of Urban Indian Health requests that the Subcommittee meet the Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup recommendation of $106 million for the Indian Health Services (IHS) urban Indian health line item,” testified President Rosette.
While delivering testimony, President Rosette advocated for an increase in funding for Fiscal Year 2021 to a minimum of $81 to $106 million for the Indian Health Services urban Indian healthcare line item. The Fiscal Year 2021 request from the President included $49.6 million, $8 million below current enacted levels. In Fiscal Year 2020, the House included $81 million in Fiscal Year 2020 for urban Indian health and the final bill included $57 million, a $6 million increase.
In her opening remarks today, Chair McCollum stated, “The United States government entered into treaties guaranteeing health care to Native Americans…centuries later the government, our government, the United States government, is still not meeting its responsibilities."
National Council of Urban Indian Health is grateful to be included in the Public Witness Days. National Council of Urban Indian Health has been encouraged by the strong leadership of Chair McCollum and Ranking Member Joyce for urban Indian health in Fiscal Year 2020 and looks forward to continuing these efforts for Fiscal Year 2021.