Kayenta IHS Job Announcement – Lead Clinical Nurse


This position is in the Emergency Department at Kayenta Service Unit, Kayenta, AZ.

To view the announcement on USAJOBS: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/377264500

To view the announcement on the IHS Website: http://www.ihs.gov/Jobs/index.cfm?module=ViewPostDetail&option=ViewPostDetail&Announce=IHS-14-KA-1181370-ESEP/MP

Luján introduces bill to address ongoing land status issues in northwestern New Mexico

WASHINGTON—On July 23, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., introduced HR 5176, bipartisan legislation that would allow the Navajo Nation to protect lands selected in New Mexico. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., is an original co-sponsor of the bill.

The legislation would allow holders of preference right lease applications to exchange the applications for bidding rights on other federal lands.

The Navajo Nation would then receive full and clear title to the selected lands in New Mexico.

Congress Passes Veterans and Highway Spending Bills

WASHINGTON—On July 31, the Senate passed both a $17 billion bill that will overhaul the Veteran Affairs Department and a $10.8 billion highway bill before Congress leaves for the month of August.

The VA bill authorizes $5 billion to hire additional medical personnel and upgrade facilities for VA facilities.

The bill will also allow veterans to be treated at non-VA providers if they do not receive an appointment or treatment within a certain time period or if they live more than 40 miles away from VA facilities. The bill authorizes $10 billion to pay for such treatment. The bill also authorizes the secretary for the VA to fire incompetent senior officials.

In relation to Indian tribes, the bill would require the VA, in consultation with the Indian Health Service, to conduct more outreach to IHS and IHS-tribally contracted or compacted facilities to ensure they are aware of the opportunity to negotiate a reimbursement agreement. It would also require the VA and IHS to jointly report to Congress, within 180 days of enactment, on the feasibility and advisability of entering into reimbursement agreements with Urban IHS centers and including treatment of non-Native veterans as a reimbursable expense under existing reimbursement structures.

The highway bill temporarily extends funding for highway projects until the end of May 2015. If Congress did not act on the highway legislation before the August recess, the Transportation Department indicated that they would have to cut highway payments to states, putting many projects and jobs at risk.

Both measures now head to the president for signature. The president has indicated that he will sign both bills into law.

Native language bills sent to full Senate

WASHINGTON—On July 30, two native language bills, S 2299, the Native American Languages Reauthorization Act and S 1948, the Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act cleared the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and heads to the full Senate for consideration.

Introduced by Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., in May, S 2299 would increase the sustainability and flexibility of the Native language grant program and provide funding opportunities for up to five years for native language schools located in rural areas.

First signed into law in 1992, the Native American Languages Act established a grant program within the Native American Programs Act of 1974 aimed at Native language preservation.

Congress reauthorized the Native American language grant program through the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act of 2006, which expanded the grant program to include a grant initiative strengthening Native language immersion programs.

Meanwhile, S 1948 introduced in January by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, establish a grant program and appropriate $5 million to fund Native language educational programs throughout Indian Country. The intent of Sen. Tester’s bill is to improve high school graduation rates, increase college enrollment and better prepare students for employment after graduation.

The Navajo Nation has formally supported both Native language bills, including HR 4214 sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. HR 4214 is the House companion bill to S 1948.

Both bills have broad bipartisan support.

Job Announcement Kayenta IHS – Nurse Spec (CAC)


This position is in the Division of Information Resource Management under the Office of chief Executive Office at Kayenta Service Unit, Kayenta, AZ.


To view the announcement on USAJOBS: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/376826100

To view the announcement on the IHS Website: http://www.ihs.gov/Jobs/index.cfm?module=ViewPostDetail&option=ViewPostDetail&Announce=IHS-14-KA-1177880-ESEP/MP

Amended NAHASDA bill clears House Committee

UPDATE: The House Financial Services Committee is expected to vote on advancing HR 4329 today. The NNWO incorrectly reported the vote occurred yesterday. We apologize for the confusion.

WASHINGTON—The House Financial Services Committee today marked up HR 4329, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2014. If enacted, the bill would reauthorize NAHASDA for five years and includes unexpended funds language detrimental to the Navajo Nation.

On July 24, six days before the mark up, Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., introduced an amendment, which substituted a modified NAHASDA bill in place of the original HR 4329.

This amendment modified several sections in the original bill. The most important being the inclusion of the unexpended funds language found in both the president’s fiscal 2015 budget request and the House fiscal 2015 Transportation-HUD bill.

“The president requested a very aggressive recouping of unexpended funds,” Congressman Pearce said while introducing his amended NAHASDA bill.

He also stated that the unexpended funds provision found at section 301 of the amendment allows tribes to “work through balances while meeting the president’s request for efficiencies in the system.”

The Senate has cleared its own version of NAHASDA, which does not contain the any unexpended funds language and awaits full Senate consideration.