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McCollum Receives 2013 National Council of Urban Indian Health Congressional Leadership Award

May 15, 2013
Press Release

Washington D.C.– On Friday, May 10th, the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) honored Congresswoman Betty McCollum with the 2013 Congressional Leadership Award during their 15th Anniversary Gala Celebration. After accepting the award from Executive Director, D’Shane Barnett, Congresswoman McCollum thanked the organization for their work and shared her commitment towards improving healthcare options for American Indians and Alaska Native populations.

"I view my role in Congress to be one of making smart investments in programs that meet the real needs of people in my district, my state, and our nation.  I want to invest in health care, mental health services, chemical dependency services, and the prevention of chronic diseases—the same priorities that NCUIH shares."

As a Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus and a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment, Congresswoman McCollum is a strong advocate on behalf of the nation’s tribes.  In the 113th Congress, the Congresswoman has authored bipartisan legislation that would reduce the harmful impact of sequestration on the Indian Health Service and the urban Indian health programs that receive IHS funding (H.R. 1371).

The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the status of American Indians throughout America. NCUIH specifically focuses on supporting accessible, affordable, and culturally-sensitive healthcare options for American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban areas. In 2010, NCUIH won the National Impact Award from the Indian Health Board for their work on creating the “Knowledge Resource Center,” an online training and storage tool for the dissemination of Urban Indian-specific research documents.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and is Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.

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