Plan for three-week restriction on US 191 south of Utah border beginning Monday, Feb. 27

If you’re driving on US 191 in the northern part of Arizona near Canyon De Chelly, plan for delays between milepost 507 and 508 for the next three weeks.

A 24-hour-per-day, one-lane hard closure will be in place from 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, through 5 p.m. Monday, March 20, as crews complete a maintenance project. The roadway will be narrowed to one lane only. Pilot cars and temporary traffic signals will facilitate alternating travel through the work zone. Drivers should slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions and closures, but it’s possible that unscheduled impacts might occur because of weather or other factors. For the most current information about highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) awards up to $20,000 per year for the repayment of your qualified student loans in exchange for an initial two-year service obligation to practice full time at an Indian health program site.

In order to qualify for this program, you must be a health professional practicing in specific health profession disciplines, you must be willing to commit to an initial two-year service obligation while working in health facilities serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Opportunities are based on staffing needs and the availability of funds. Distribution of LRP awards are based on a ranking system created to address these needs. Our system identifies hiring priorities for those Indian health program facilities with the greatest staffing needs in specific health profession disciplines. American Indians and Alaska Natives receive priority consideration when all factors are equal between applicants.

For more information, please visit www.ihs.gov/loanrepayment

Interior Department to Hold Tribal Consultation on Updating Indian Trader License Regulations

WASHINGTON – Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Michael S. Black announced today that the Department of the Interior has scheduled a series of tribal consultation sessions beginning February 23, 2017, on updating the Licensed Indian Trader regulations at 25 C.F.R. Part 140.  The Department is taking this action in an effort to modernize implementation of the Indian Trader statutes consistent with federal policies of tribal self-determination and self-governance.

“The Interior Department’s Indian Trader regulations need updating to reflect the present day realities of commerce and business development on tribal lands,” Black said.  “I strongly encourage tribal government and business leaders to give us their feedback on ways in which these regulations can be improved to better reflect their business environments and the Nation-to-Nation relationship.”

The Department is asking for public comments on whether and how it should update the regulations, including how they might be updated to govern who trades on Indian lands and how they can better promote tribal self-determination regarding trade on Indian lands.  The regulations were first published in 1957, revised in 1965, and modified in 1984.

On December 9, 2016, the Department published in the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) stating that it is considering whether to propose an administrative rule that would comprehensively update the Indian Trader regulations.  The Department is seeking comments on questions that were listed in the December 9 notice.

On February 8, 2017, the Department published in the Federal Register a notice with complete information on the dates, times and locations for the eight tribal consultation sessions to be held.

The Department is seeking comments from tribes, states and their agencies, and the public.  Comments must be submitted on or before April 10, 2017.

For more details on the ANPRM and how to submit comments, see the December 9 Federal Register notice here.  For the complete schedule of tribal consultation sessions, visit the Indian Affairs Office of Regulatory Affairs& Collaborative Action webpage here