Achieving Nationhood Through Health Care Delivery: A History of the Relationship between the Indian Health Service and Indian Tribes

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Title: Achieving Nationhood Through Health Care Delivery: A History of the Relationship between the Indian Health Service and Indian Tribes
Author: Bowman, Melissa
Citation: Achieving Nationhood Through Health Care Delivery: A History of the Relationship between the Indian Health Service and Indian Tribes (2005 Third Year Paper)
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Abstract: By the measure of its mission, the Indian Health Service is one of the most successful and productive government agencies. At the same time, it is an agency often criticized for not achieving enough. Part of this criticism undoubtedly results from the negative effects caused by a chronic lack of funding. Another part of the criticism, however, comes from a deep-seated belief that they agency’s priorities are too deeply intertwined with the federal government’s national policy agenda and are not sufficiently responsive to the needs of those who receive its services. This paper examines both of these criticisms in light of the transformation of the Indian Health Service from a dominating, centralized federal agency to an agency redefining both its cause and its structure in a time of expanding Indian sovereignty. The paper concludes with an analysis of how the Indian Health Service can support the expansion of sovereignty by pursuing policies that do not just mimic national trends, but that instead develop from cooperation and negotiation with tribal “almost-equals.â€
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