Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (117th Congress)

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (117th Congress)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), left, and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) serves as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, respectively. Photo: SCIA

For immediate release

September 21, 2022


WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i), chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), deputy chairman of the committee, released the following statements on Roselyn Tso’s confirmation as Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Dedicated and longstanding leadership in the Indian Health Service is essential to fulfilling its mission,” said President Schatz. “I am confident that Ms. Tso will lead the service with distinction, having the qualifications, the willingness to serve Indian Country, and her commitment to educating other HHS agencies about the federal government’s special political and trusting relationship with Native Hawaiians. , who also receive health services through HHS.

“Ms. Tso has demonstrated that she has the background and experience to succeed as Director of the Indian Health Service. I congratulate Ms. Tso on her unanimous confirmation to the Senate. I am confident that she will work for s ensure that IHS fulfills its mission to improve the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives across the country by providing high quality health care. Native people deserve nothing less . said Vice President Murkowski.

The Director of IHS is the Department’s top federal Indigenous health official, confirmed by the Senate, responsible for developing IHS health policy, respecting tribal sovereignty, and promoting tribal self-determination. to fulfill the IHS mission of improving health outcomes in Indian Country. Schatz and Murkowski led the committee’s adoption of Tso’s nomination in July.

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