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September 21, 2022
Manu Tupper or Mike Inacay (Schatz) at [email protected]
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Schatz, Murkowski: Senate Confirms Roselyn Tso As Indian Well being Service Director
WASHINGTON — At this time, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Committee, released the following statements on Roselyn Tso’s affirmation as Director of the Indian Well being Service (IHS) on the Division of Well being and Human Companies (HHS).
“Dedicated, long-serving leadership at the Indian Health Service is vital to fulfilling its mission,” stated Chairman Schatz. “I’m confident that Ms. Tso will lead the Service with distinction, having the qualifications, willingness to serve Indian Country, and commitment to educating other HHS agencies on the federal government’s special political and trust relationship with the Native Hawaiians, who also receive healthcare services through HHS.”
“Ms. Tso has demonstrated that she has the background and experience needed to succeed as the Director of the Indian Health Service. I congratulate Ms. Tso on her unanimous confirmation in the Senate. I am confident she will work to ensure IHS fulfills its mission to raise the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives across the country by providing top notch quality health care. Native people deserve nothing less.” stated Vice Chairman Murkowski.
The IHS director is the Division’s most senior, Senate confirmed, federal official in Native well being charged with growing IHS healthcare coverage, respecting Tribal sovereignty, and selling Tribal self-determination to meet IHS’s mission to enhance well being outcomes in Indian Nation. Schatz and Murkowski led committee passage of Tso’s nomination in July.