Hoeven Announces More Than $620,000 for Diabetes Prevention Program for Three Affiliated Tribes

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced that Indian Health Services (IHS) has awarded $620,774 to the Three Affiliated Tribes. The funds will be used to support a demonstration program to help prevent diabetes in tribal members.

“Diabetes is a major health challenge for Native Americans, and programs like this can help them live healthier lives,” Hoeven said. “Today’s grant to the Three Affiliated Tribes will help tribal members be aware of the risks of diabetes, and it will give them access to tools to lower their risk for developing diabetes.”

Today’s grant is made available through IHS’s Special Diabetes Program for Indians, and is similar to the grant Hoeven announced yesterday for Trenton Indian Services Area, part of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. The Centers for Disease Control says that American Indian and Alaska Native adults are twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.