May 5, 2022 11:00 a.m.
U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced that the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest will receive just over $295,000 from the Indian Health Service to provide crucial mental, physical and behavioral health services to Native Americans in the Portland area. .
Wyden said, “It’s critical that Native American communities have access to quality, culturally appropriate health care, whether they live in a city, rural community, or on a reservation.” Wyden said much more needs to be done to support tribal health care throughout Oregon, “…but this investment in NARA will provide critical resources for the lives and livelihoods of tribal members across the country. ‘Oregon to Portland’.
Merkley said, “Health care is a basic right, and access to quality, culturally appropriate health care is essential to the growth and success of a community.” Merkley said the grant is “…a great step forward in supporting NARA’s vital programs, and I will continue to work with Oregon’s tribal nations and urban Indian organizations to ensure their communities have the resources necessary to thrive”.
This year, HIS awarded a total of $8.3 million to 32 urban Indian organizations across the United States.