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Michael Tiger Named Director of Indian Health Service Nashville Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Michael H. Trujillo, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Indian Health Service (1HS) announced that Michael D., Tiger is the new Director -of the IHS Neshvrlle Area Office. The Nashville Area, located in Nashville, Tenn., administers health care for more than 46,000 American Indians.

Tiger, a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, most recently served as Deputy Area Director of the Nashville Area, where he assisted the Area Director with the administration of the IHS program. He began his career with the IHS in 1982 as Executive Officer for the Nashville Area.

"I am honored that Dr. Trujillo selected me for this position," said Tiger. "The provision of health care services for eligible American Indians is guaranteed by the Federal government, and this is a responsibility I take very seriously."

He will direct the administration of preventive, curative, and environmental health services for American Indians living in 14 states in the Southern and Eastern United States. The Nashville Area consists of 21 federally recognized tribes, three urban groups, a UNITY youth treatment center, and an ICRC Board. In addition to the IHS Cherokee Hospital in Cherokee, N.C., the Nashville Area administers tribal contracts and compacts for the delivery of more than 75% of health care services. Through Public Law 93638, the Indian Self Determination and Educational Assistance Act of 1975 (as amended), tribes have three options of receiving health care; directly from IHS programs, contracting with the IHS for the delivery of services, or compacting with the IHS to assume their tribal share of the administration, operation, and funding of IHS programs.

"Michael Tiger brings a wealth of experience in Indian issues to this position,"said Dr. Trujillo. "He is not only a leader in Indian health issues-but all issues concerning"T iferrcan Indians and Alaska Natives."

Before joining the IHS, Tiger served in numerous positions of responsibility and advocacy for American Indians. He served four years as an elected official with the Seminole Tribe Board of Directors. He represented 18 Eastern Area Indian Tribes at the national level and served as a member of the Governor's Council on Indian Affairs for the state of Florida and was an advisor through two administrations on issues affecting Florida Indians.

The IHS is an agency of the Public Health Service within DHHS. The IHS is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of these services to members of federally recognized tribes is based on a special relationship between Indian tribes and the U.S. Government first set forth in the 1830's by the U.S. Supreme Court. This relationship has been reconfirmed by numerous treaties, laws, constitutional provisions, court decisions and Executive Orders. The IHS also acts as the principle federal health advocate for Indian people. Its goal is to ensure comprehensive health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives and to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IRS currently provides health services to approximately 1.4 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who are members of more than 545 federally recognized tribes in 34 states.

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