National and Regional Tribal Organizations

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities. NCAI works in collaboration with the National Indian Health Board, the National Council of Urban Indian Health and the regional health boards to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

National Indian Health Board (NIHB) represents Tribal governments—both those that operate their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting, and those receiving health care directly from the Indian Health Service (IHS). The NIHB provides a variety of services to tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, federal agencies, and private foundations, including: advocacy, policy formation and analysis, legislative and regulatory tracking, direct and timely communication with tribes, research, program development and assessment, training and technical assistance, and project management.

Area Health Boards

The Area Health Boards serve as the communication link between the NIHB and the tribes. Area Health Boards advise in the development of positions on health policy, planning, and program design. They gather information and review public opinion and proposals. In areas without an Area Health Board, the NIHB representative communicates policy information and concerns to the tribes in that area.  

Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman’s Health Board

Alaska Native Health Board

Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board

Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council

Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes

California Rural Indian Health Board

United South and Eastern Tribes

Navajo Nation Division of Health

Oklahoma City Inter-Tribal Health Board

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board




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