Call to Action: The Economic Stimulus and Urban Indian Health

NCUIH Update on the Economic Stimulus Package in the Senate

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Calls needed to Senators to vote on the Indian Amendment (Amendment #430)


NCUIH was successful in convincing Senator Udall from New Mexico to offer an amendment to include $20 million for Urban Indian renovations in the Economic Stimulus Package (S.336). This is an incredible amount for the Urban Indian Health Programs and would go a long way in helping programs modernize. The $20 million has been included with numerous provisions for Tribes and other non-health provisions for Native Americans. The amendment goes well beyond just Urban Indians, but speaks to the health and economic health of all Native peoples.

It is anticipated that all votes will happen today: We need as much support as possible. Tribes make up 2% of the US population, 2% of this bill would be $18 Billion. This amendment would cost $475 Million.

To Do Today:
(1)     Calls/emails to Senator Reid to allow a vote on Senate Amendment 430
202-244-7327
(2)     Calls/emails to Senator Inouye to support Senate Amendment 430
202-224-3934

(3) Calls/emails to your home Senator to support Senate Amendment 430
Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121

What the amendment does:

  • Reaffirms Tribes are eligible for the COPS program (at the same levels as current COPS funding)
  • Clarifies that Tribal rural water programs are eligible for the Bureau of Reclamation account
  • Provides for $50 Million in BIA contract support costs, and $100 Million in IHS contract support costs
  • Increases allocation for the BIA loan guarantee program by $30 million
  • Increases allocation for school construction, repair and administrative costs by $100 Million
  • Increases BIA Road Maintenance by $75 Million
  • Increases Tribal Detention facilities by $125 Million
  • Increases IHS funding by $95 Million ($75 Million contract health services, $20 Million urban health)

NCUIH is grateful for all of our members and interested partners for their support. Please contact us if you are successful in making a call.

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