, 2022-12-24 18:00:28,
For Online native news staff
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden President Joe Biden signed a comprehensive $1.7 trillion package on Friday. The bill that funds the federal government through September 30, 2023 contains billions of dollars designated for Indian territory.
Like native news online published on Friday, the omnibus package is historic because, for the first time, the Indian Health Service (IHS) will receive funding for more than a year. This gives IHS parity with other federal agencies and programs, such as the Veterans Administration, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and TRICARE.
In addition to the articles already covered by Native News Online, here’s a roundup of other news coming out of Washington, DC that affected Indian Country this past week.
Rep. Sharice Davids applauds early appropriations and other critical funding for India
Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) applauded the passage of early appropriations within the omnibus bill on Friday.
“I have long joined with Native health advocates and tribal leaders in calling for more stability in IHS programs, and today we got it done. This will ensure that patients are not subject to the uncertainty of the government funding process, saving lives and creating stronger, healthier communities,” Davids said.
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