The newest member of the federally-recognized family of tribes continues to make gains.
The Pamunkey Tribe
was the first in Virginia to gain recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs
. And now it is the first in the state with a designated Indian Health Service
"It is important for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe to be able to deliver health care services to tribal members residing in these six counties and one independent city," the IHS said in a notice that will be published in the Federal Register
The tribe's service area covers the counties of King William, Caroline, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen and New Kent. The tribe's state-recognized reservation
is located in King William County and many of its citizens live on or near the reservation.
More significantly, the service area also includes the city of Richmond
, the capital of Virginia. Richmond is about an hour drive from the reservation and some tribal citizens have moved there to pursue educational, economic and other opportunities.
There are currently no IHS facilities in the service area. But the designation enables Pamunkey citizens to seek care at non-IHS facilities through the Purchased/Referred Care
program, though funds aren't always guaranteed to be available due to underfunding of the agency.
In his fiscal year 2018 budget, President Donald Trump
sought $914.1 million for the program, a slight increase from current levels. Key members of Congress countered the request by including $928.8 million in H.R.3354
, an appropriations bill
that is under consideration in the House
The Pamunkey Tribe's service area will become effective 30 days after the publication of the IHS notice in the Federal Register
Forthcoming Federal Register Notice:
Notice of Delivery Area Designation for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe
(To Be Published July 28, 2017)
Prior Federal Register Notices:Final
Determination for Federal Acknowledgment of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe
Finding for Federal Acknowledgment of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe
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