Navajo students at a government school in New Mexico have been charged with dreaming big now that Congress has approved more than $90 million to replace the crumbling campus. To’Hajiilee students, parents, school officials and Congress woman Melanie Stansbury gathered earlier this month to celebrate. To’Hajiilee is just one of about 80 schools funded by the federal Bureau of Indian Education that are in desperate need of repair or replacement. The agency’s priorities stretch across the country, with a price tag that tops $6.2 billion. To’Hajiilee would not have moved up the list if not for a relentless campaign bolstered by stories of extensive structural damage caused by flooding.
IHS Awards $24 Million to Expand and Modernize Small Ambulatory Health Care Facilities. The Indian Health Service is announcing $24 million in funding to 12 tribes and tribal organizations as part of a competitive Small Ambulatory Program to invest in the construction, expansion or modernization of small ambulatory health care facilities. “The IHS Small Ambulatory Program supports our tribal partners by expanding access to culturally appropriate, quality health care in an environment that promotes patient safety,” said IHS Director Roselyn Tso. “Small ambulatory health care facilities are a critical part of the Indian health system because they meet the diverse health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.” Because of its size, The Cheyenne River Health Center is not a grantee.
Those are your headlines at this hour. I’m Colette Keith in the KIPI News center.