IHS Releases COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccine Draft Plan, Invitation to Comment – Deadline 10/21/20

In September, the United States Department of Health and Human Services initiated Tribal consultation to seek input from Tribal leaders on COVID-19 vaccine planning for Indian Country. The Indian Health Service (IHS) issued a Dear Tribal Leader…

NIHB Weekly COVID-19 Data Update Dashboard – October 4, 2020

Data on COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths by state and county.

NIHB 37th Annual National Tribal Health Conference

In response to COVID-19, and in respect to the health of our communities, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) decided to host is annual National Tribal Health Conference on a…

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Tribal Consultation Calls on COVID-19 Vaccines

On Thursday, September 24, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Hargan sent a Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTLL) announcing the initiation of Tribal Consultation to seek…

Administration Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) released two documents on September 16, 2020, outlining the Administration’s detailed strategy to deliver safe and…

NIHB Leads Efforts for a Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership on Pandemic Relief Funding

On September 8, NIHB submitted a letter to congressional leadership alongside the National Congress of American Indians and National Council of Urban Indian Health urging immediate action on critical Tribal health priorities in response…

CDC Releases Study Showing American Indians and Alaska Natives are Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19

An early release of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examines COVID-19 among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs).

NIHB Submits Letter to President Donald Trump Outlining Tribal COVID-19 Health Priorities

On Thursday August 6, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) submitted a letter to President Trump urging his Administration to endorse critical Tribal COVID-19 health priorities as negotiations continue on…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Tribal Communities

Get information and tips for Tribal Communities from the Centers for Disease Control about COVID-19.

NIHB Sends Letter to Congressional Appropriators Urging Dedicated Funding to Indian Country for COVID-19 Vaccines

On July 30, 2020, NIHB joined by the National Congress of American Indians and National Council of Urban Indian Health submitted a letter to House and Senate appropriators urging them…


The National Indian Health Board is leading a national effort to advocate and secure resources for Tribes to respond to COVID-19. NIHB seeks to ensure that the Tribes remain informed on COVID 19, have the resources and assistance needed to respond to the pandemic, and that the Congress and Administration understand and address Tribal needs and priorities.  NIHB also aims to create resources that will be informative and helpful to Tribes and Tribal members.  NIHB believes that this coordinated national response is part of its sacred mission to serve the Tribes and help maintain the safety and well-being of Tribal citizens.

NIHB is pleased to release a video message from our Board of Directors about the COVID-19 pandemic and NIHB’s advocacy and efforts to bring resources to Tribes during this difficult time.

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