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Posted on February 29, 2024


On February 2, 2024, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), adopted a final rule that updates regulations related to Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) accreditation, certification, and standards for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) with Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) in OTPs.

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Posted on February 29, 2024

New Indian Country Legislation for February 2024

Representatives Sharice Davids (D-KS-03), a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin, and Tom Cole (R-OK-04), a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, reintroduced the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act of 2024 (HR 7227) to establish a Truth and Healing Commission to investigate, document, and report on the histories of Indian boarding schools, Indian boarding school policies, and long-term impacts on Native Communities.

The proposed legislation would:

  • Establish a formal commission to investigate, document, and acknowledge past injustices of the federal government’s Indian Boarding School Policies.

  • This includes attempts to terminate Native cultures, religions, and languages; assimilation practices; and human rights violations.

  • Develop recommendations for federal entities to aid in healing the historical and intergenerational trauma passed down in Native families and communities.

  • Provide a forum for victims to speak about personal experiences tied to these human rights violations.

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Posted on February 28, 2024

NIHB Coordinates Visits on Capitol Hill in Conjunction with National Congress of American Indians Executive Council Winter Session

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) held its Executive Council Winter Session (ECWS) in Washington, DC on the week of February 12, 2024. As part of the activities organized for the ECWS, NCAI, NIHB, and other Tribal partners organized hill visits to support Tribal Leaders to meet with Congressional Leaders on issues impacting Indian Country. The NIHB, NCAI, and the National Council on Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) lead two groups of Tribal Leaders to speak on critical health priorities to advance during the remaining 118th Congress.

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Posted on February 28, 2024

SCIA Legislative Hearing on February 8, 2024

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) held a legislative hearing on February 8th to receive testimony on various pieces of legislation, including the Indian Health Service (IHS) Workforce Parity Act of 2023 (S. 3022) and the Tribal Access to Clean Water Act of 2023 (S. 2385). The witnesses before the committee were HHS Assistant Sec. for Legislation Melanie Anne Egorin; DOI Indian Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathryn Isom-Clause; Chairman Manuel Heart, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe; Chief Douglas Lankford, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma; President Robert Larsen, Lower Sioux Indian Community; Chairwoman Victoria Kitcheyan, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska; Executive Director Angie Wilson, Reno Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Health Center.

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Posted on February 28, 2024

Elimination of the Tribal Non-Federal Share for Tribal Support Program at the ACF

On February 12, 2024, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published its final rule that eliminates the non-federal share of program expenditures requirement for Tribal support programs, beginning October 1, 2024. Tribal comments on the requirement have raised concerns over the share’s impact on the ability of Tribal child support programs to grow due to the fiscal decisions it forces upon these programs to choose between committing funds to meeting this requirement or using those funds to serve Tribal families in need of support.

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