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US Department of Health and Human Services Tribal Consultation on Mandatory Funding Approaches for the Indian Health Service

August 25, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Becerra released a Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTLL) to initiate two consultation sessions with Tribal leaders on recommendations for mandatory funding approaches for the Indian Health Service (IHS). Along with questions and concerns, the Secretary is interested in hearing from Tribal leaders on the following three questions.


1. What is the appropriate funding level for a mandatory funding proposal?

2. What is the appropriate growth pattern for a mandatory funding proposal?

3. What is the appropriate appropriations structure for a mandatory funding proposal?


Comments are accepted by email at consultation@hhs.gov until September 3, 2021.


The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) has long supported mandatory appropriations. NIHB’s 2021 Legislative and Policy Agenda calls on Congress to enact mandatory appropriations for IHS.

NIHB will host a Tribal Caucus on the mandatory funding approaches before the consultation session. A date and time are forthcoming.


August 25, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT




Thursday, August 4

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Wednesday, August 3

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Tuesday, August 2

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7:30 am
Registration (Location: Sequoia)

9:00 am
Posting of Colors (Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

9:05 am
Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:10 am
Time of Reflection

9:25 am
Welcome & Opening Message from SGCETC Board of Directors 

9:30 am
Welcome from Tribal Nations within California and Discussion of Hot  Topics

10:15 am
Discussion with Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland

10:30 am

10:45 am
Establishing the Bay Area American Indian Cultural District

11:00 am
COVID Update and Indian Health Service Initiatives to Improve Health and Wellbeing

11:30 am
International Decade (2022 – 2032) of Indigenous Language Preservation

11:45 am
Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Networking Break

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm- 3:45 pm

3:45 pm
Threats to Tribal Sovereignty: Protecting the Indian Child Welfare Act

(Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

4:05 pm
Self-Governance Updates from DOI, IHS, and DOT

4:45 pm
Tiwahe Initiative – Federal Updates


Additional Meetings and Activities

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
DOI SGDB Training Room (Sand Pebble D)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Individual Meetings with OSG Staff- Open (Board Rooms 3 & 4)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Caucus for the Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations Consultation Meeting (Cypress A)