Seven tribes, including the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, have been chosen to build new Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities. Once the tribes build the facilities, the IHS will pay the operating expenses.
The other six tribeschosen have not been publicly announced yet.
The Joint Venture Construction Program that sets up these partnerships hadn’t been active in recent years. It became active again after the Cherokee Nation lobbied federal officials and members of Congress, according to Indianz.com.
37 tribes applied this year, and 7 were chosen, with 6 alternates. An alternate could be chosen for the project “in the event that circumstances change and impact the final execution of a JVCP agreement,” according to the IHS.
The Cherokee Nation plans to build a new hospital in Tahlequah, the tribal capital.
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