indigenous Data Sovereignty Summit in Arizona

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Indigenous Data Sovereignty Summit in Arizona: Building shared understanding and identifying Tribal Leader needs

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 from 8AM to 5 PM

Directions: Arizona State University – Tempe Campus at 301 W. Orange Street Tempe, AZ 85281

Event location: Memorial Union Tempe Campus Second Floor Ventana 241A Room

Parking is the responsibility of each individual; ASU Campus Parking Garage is available with a maximum per day fee of $15 and another option is using the light rail.

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The summit objectives are the following:

  • Better understand Indigenous data sovereignty principles to build efficient data systems in Indian Country.
  • Identify practical implementation and evaluation strategies for Tribal departments and community members.
  • Determine the role of Tribal governance in developing Indigenous data sovereignty protocols and procedures.

Any questions?

Please contact Monique Tsosie at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona: or (602) 258-4822

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign that we celebrate to help raise awareness of the importance of our health and the control we have over it. Unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are the leading causes of death in the United States. In the last thirty years, obesity rates have doubled in adults, tripled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents. Let us take this month to commit to making some healthy changes to our diet and lifestyle in an effort to reverse these statistics. Pick one change you would like to make this month and encourage friends and family to do the same. It may just help you and your loved ones live longer!

National Nutrition Month Infographic

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Year 2018

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is proud to have served the American Indian community and the community at large in providing free income tax preparation service since 2003.
For this year, the ITCA VITA site will be open to provide FREE income tax preparation for those with incomes of $55,000 or less. The VITA site will be open on the following dates:

Hours: Saturdays from 9:00am – 1:00pm

February 2, 2019 March 9, 2019 March 30, 2019
February 16, 2019 March 16, 2019 April 6, 2019
February 23, 2019 March 23, 2019 April 13, 2019

Closed: February 9, 2019 and March 2, 2019, and March 30, 2019

Tax preparation is on a first-come, first serve basis and only a limited number of tax returns can be completed each session. Please plan accordingly.

What to bring:

  • Social Security cards (taxpayer, spouse, dependents)
  • Photo identification (tax filer, spouse)
  • Birthdates for filer, spouse, and dependents
  • All forms W-2 and 1099
  • Information for other income
  • Information for deductions/credits
  • Forms 1095
    • 1095-A: From healthcare marketplace (required)
    • 1095-B or C: Health Insurance Statements (not required but helpful)
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate (if received)
  • Amount paid to child care provider and their tax ID number
  • Copy of last year’s return (not required but helpful)
  • If filing joint, both you and spouse must be present to sign the return

No appointment necessary

Attached are several listings of VITA sites located within the valley.  For additional locations throughout the state, contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 800.906.9887 or at to confirm site locations and hours of operation. Thank you.

Import information to note for Tax Year 2018

Information on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

IRS Publication 5307 – Tax Reform: Basics for Individuals and Families – provides information to help individual taxpayers understand the new law, take action, if necessary, and comply with your federal tax return filing requirements.

Some Refunds Delayed in 2019

The IRS will issue refunds starting February 27, 2019, for returns that claim the Earned Income Credit (EIC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). This applies to the entire refund, not just the portion associated with these credits. As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns once the filing season begins. All taxpayers should file as usual, and tax return preparers should also submit returns as they normally do. Even though the IRS cannot issue refunds for some early filers until at least February 27, 2019, the IRS reminds taxpayers that most refunds will still be issued within the normal timeframe: 21 days or less, after being accepted for processing by the IRS.

IR-2019-07 – IRS kicks off 2019 tax-filing season as tax agency reopens; Use to avoid phone delays
For additional Hot Topics from the IRS, please go to

My Free Taxes

The United Way in partnership with H&R Block is offering an online tax preparation software for service for qualified individuals to prepare their own federal and state income tax returns.  Information is available at

Click here for flyer for information.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Services Guide

For information on general tax law, getting a transcript or a copy of return, making a tax payment, or checking on status of a return, please click here for information guide.


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Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area IHS Meeting

Monday, June 25, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Poco Diablo Resort
1752 State Route 179
Sedona AZ 86336

PURPOSE: The Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service (IHS) was officially confirmed in 1984 via a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Dr. Everett Rhodes, IHS Director, Dr. George Bluespruce, Phoenix Area IHS Director and Tribal Leaders representing the Intertribal Council of Nevada, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the Tribes in Utah served by Phoenix Area IHS. The Committee is comprised of elected Tribal Leaders and an Urban Indian health program representative. It provides advisement to the IHS on appropriations, policies and programs. Steering Committee meetings are open to all Tribal government and Urban Indian health program representatives. The meetings focus on American Indian health risks and policy concerns in order to discuss, prioritize and advise the Phoenix Area IHS.

Meeting Summary

Phoenix Area Strategic Plan 2018-2019
National and Phoenix Area Strategic Plan

Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service CHARTER

Phoenix Area Health Services Master Plan

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Issue Letter
Tribal Technical Advisory Group Memo on Civil Rights Concerns




Tribal Dental Therapy Forum

On May 16, 2018, Governor Ducey signed HB 2235 into law that establishes dental therapy in Arizona and outlines requirements and permissions for dental therapists. Specific provisions in the law allow implementation of dental therapy in the Indian Health Service, Tribal, or Urban Indian Health Programs as soon as it is effective later this year in August 2018.

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
Wassaja Foyer 114
10438 North Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, AZ 85264

Memorandum and Agenda

Tribal Dental Therapy Forum: Implementing the New Arizona Dental Therapy Law

HB2235 – Chaptered Version

Background and Overview of the Forum

Dental Therapy Law in Arizona

Dental Therapy Authorization Comparison by State

Panel – Vison for Incorporating Dental Therapy in ITU Dental Programs

Panel – Vision for Incorporating Dental Therapists Into Your Program

Keynote – Utilizing Dental Therapy to Improve Outcomes & Efficiencies/Guidance on Training Programs

Panel – Dental Therapists as Part of the Dental Workforce Model

Panel – Working With A DHAT

Steps to Achieve Medicaid Reimbursement

Indian Health Service CHAP Expansion Update

National Indian Health Board 2018 Tribal Oral Health Assessment Results

Alaska Dental Therapy Educational Program

SIPI – Developing a Dental Therapy Training Program

Dental Therapy Rulemaking in AZ

Dental therapists linked to improved dental outcomes for Alaska Native communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

REPORT: TRIBAL DENTAL THERAPY FORUM – Implementing the New Arizona Dental Therapy Law (August 1-2, 2018)

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28th Biennial AICOA Conference


This year, we are expecting 400+ participants from throughout the State of Arizona to be in attendance.  We look forward to seeing you!





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