“The National Indian Health Board’s annual Legislative and Policy Agenda is a set of priorities and recommendations put forward on behalf of Tribes with recommendations and input from Tribes across Indian Country. Armed with this Agenda, NIHB continues to advocate for the fulfillment of the federal trust responsibility and strengthening of the political relationship between the United States and Tribes. As a collective, we intend to work with the federal government’s legislative and executive branches to push for equitable access and quality healthcare for our Tribal people,” said NIHB Chairman William “Bill” Smith who is also Vice Chair of the Valdez Native Tribe of Alaska.
“The health disparities that our American Indian and Alaska Native people suffer from is not new to us. However, our people’s challenges and struggles may be new information for Members of Congress and federal representatives who need to know the Tribal health priorities and ways to collaborate to achieve it. The NIHB Legislative and Policy Agenda and Biden Administration Roadmap helps to set the course of work for the organization and provides lawmakers with the resources they need to advocate for Tribal communities,” said NIHB CEO Stacy A. Bohlen, a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Michigan.