IHS Awards $1.2 Million in Tribal Management Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Indian Health Service (IHS) has awarded over $1.2 million in tribal management grants to 12 tribes as part of a competitive program to develop and improve tribal capacity to manage health programs under the authority of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

The Tribal Management Grant Program is designed to prepare tribes and tribal organizations for assuming all or part of existing IHS programs, functions, services and activities, and to further develop and improve their health management capabilities. The program consists of four project types with funding amounts and project periods: feasibility study; planning; evaluation study; and health management structure.

“At the Indian Health Service, we recognize that tribal leaders and members are in the best position to understand the health care needs and priorities of their communities,” said IHS Director Roselyn Tso. “The IHS Tribal Management Grants are a critical component in assisting our tribal partners with building health care management capacity and ensuring the tools are in place for a successful transition of programs and services.”

The following tribes and tribal organizations received funding:

Grant RecipientCityStateAmount
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.AnchorageAlaska$150,000
Chemehuevi Indian TribeHavasu LakeCalifornia$70,000
Southern Indian Health Council, Inc.AlpineCalifornia$70,000
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay NationEl CajonCalifornia$149,434
Benewah Medical Center dba Marimn HealthPlummerIdaho$120,000
Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of MontanaGreat FallsMontana$116,473
Pueblo of LagunaLagunaNew Mexico$50,000
Pawnee Nation of OklahomaPawneeOklahoma$100,000
Coquille Indian TribeNorth BendOregon$150,000
Spokane Tribe of the Spokane ReservationWellpinitWashington$70,000
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa IndiansHaywardWisconsin$85,510
Sokaogon Chippewa CommunityCrandonWisconsin$100,000

The IHS Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT) is responsible for a wide range of agency functions that are critical to the IHS’ relationships with tribal leaders, organizations, and other American Indians and Alaska Natives. ODSCT is the agency’s principal liaison with tribal organizations and more than 574 federally recognized tribes.