Biden Administration Announces Nomination for Indian Health Service Director

Published on Mar 09, 2022

Today, the Biden Administration announced the nomination of Roselyn Tso (Navajo Nation) to serve as Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is pleased that the Biden-Harris Administration is taking steps to fill the IHS Director position, which is essential to fulfilling the federal government’s trust responsibility to Tribal Nations. We look forward to engaging with the candidate during the process and working with the Administration to ensure IHS is fully prepared to meet the needs of Indian Country.

A citizen of the Navajo Nation, Roselyn Tso is currently the Director of the Navajo Area of IHS, and previously held the position of Director of the Office of Direct Services and Contracting Tribes at IHS. Tso began working for IHS in 1984, and prior to working with the Navajo Area, she spent years working in the Portland Area, which included roles such as the Portland Area Planning and Statistical Officer, Equal Employment Officer, Special Assistant to the Area Director, and as Director of the Office of Tribal and Service Unit Operations. As Director for Tribal and Service Unit Operations, she was responsible for implementing the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act, working directly with tribes and direct service tribes.


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