September 22, 2010
Washington, D.C.— Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced Nevada’s American Indian tribes will receive more than $700,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services for the Special Diabetes Program. This program, which Senator Reid helped to create in 1997, supports diabetes research as well as community-driven diabetes prevention and treatment programs for Native American populations. The Yomba Shoshone Tribe, the Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada, the Walker River Paiute Tribe, and the Ely Shoshone Tribes will all benefit directly from these funds. The Shurz Service Unit, a part of the Indian Health Service, will also receive assistance for their special diabetes program. Approximately 12,000 tribal members receive direct and contract health care from the Schurz Service Unit. This funding is an addition to $500,000 announced last week for diabetes treatment and prevention for three additional Nevada tribes: the Walker River Paiute Tribe , the Ely Shoshone Tribe and the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe.