Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of more than tribal governments, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), established in 1972, serves all Federally Recognized American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribal governments by advocating for the improvement of health care delivery to AI/ANs, as well as for upholding the Federal government's trust responsibility to AI/AN Tribal governments. We strive to advance the level and quality of health care and the adequacy of funding for health services that are operated by the Indian Health Service (IHS), health programs operated directly by Tribal governments, and other programs. Our Board Members represent each of the twelve Areas of IHS and are elected at-large by the respective Tribal Governmental Officials within their Area. For more information, visit the NIHB website at www.nihb.org
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WHO: - Masters of Ceremonies - Rachel Joseph and Buford Rolin, Co- Chairs, Tribal National Steering Committee for the Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act - Joe Garcia, President, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) - Sally Smith, President, National Indian Health Board (NIHB) - Members of Congress (confirmed): Sen. Bryon Dorgan (D-ND) Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Congressman Pallone (D-NJ) Sen. John Tester Other Members of Congress are invited WHAT: Rally on the Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 2007, H.R. 1328 and S. 1200 WHERE: Lyndon B. Johnson room (S211) of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. WHEN: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. WHY: To encourage Members of Congress to pass both H.R. 1328 and S. 1200, to amend and reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA). It has been 15 years since the IHCIA was last authorized in 1992 and 30 years since first enacted in 1976. During that time, the American health care delivery system has evolved while the Indian care system has not. Reauthorization of the IHCIA will address health disparities and modernize and improve health care delivery in Indian Country. With the reauthorization of the IHCIA, American Indians and Alaska Natives will be able to receive health care services currently available to the rest of the U.S. population. RSVP: Please RSVP to Adam McMullin at the National Congress of American Indians: [email protected]
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