Focus on Native Americans No. 97-02 Date: Spring 1997 _News_ In March 1997, twenty librarians representing several Native American tribes visited NLS as part of a tour organized by Kathy Price, Office of Library Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. Devon Skeele, NLS network consultant, coordinated the orientation to introduce the librarians to the talking-book program. The librarians came from Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Washington state. On their request, NLS is preparing a press release about the talking-book program to be used in their respective newsletters. To further awareness of each other and to promote outreach services, NLS will also send names and addresses of tribal libraries to appropriate cooperating libraries. _Directory of Native American Tribal Libraries,_ compiled by Lotsee Patterson and Rhonda Taylor, provides a comprehensive listing of services and collections in libraries run by individual tribes, bands, or communities. Published in 1995 by the University of Oklahoma, this 100 page directory is available from the American Indian Library Association, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma, 401 West Brooks, Norman, OK 73019 for $14.95. _Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)_ The Clinton Administration's FY98 budget contains $136.4 million for LSTA. The funding is earmarked for technological innovation, outreach services, and a new national leadership program. Under LSTA, a new agency entitled Institute of Museum and Library Services was created to administer the library programs formerly administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The director of the Institute is Diane B. Frankel. The Institute will also continue to administer museum grant programs. For further information on LSTA, contact Kathy Price, Office of Library Programs, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20208. _American Indian Library Association Meeting_ The American Indian Library Association and the ALA Office for Library Outreach Services, Subcommittee on Library Services to American Indians, are cosponsoring a panel at the American Library Association's annual convention in San Francisco. Entitled "Native Visions: Native Writers Tell Their Stories," the panel is scheduled for Saturday June 28, 1997, from 2-4 pm. _Health Care_ According to the 1990 census, Native Americans are one of the smallest minority groups in the United States with an estimated population of two million. The federal Indian Health Service (IHS) designations of subgroups are Native Americans, Alaskan Eskimos, and Aleuts. This population is disproportionately affected by serious health problems such as diabetes, alcoholism, chemical dependency, infant mortality, and heart disease. Several organizations concerned with the health problems of Native Americans publish informative and useful materials. The Office of Minority Health Resource Center of the Department of Health and Human Services published a directory of resources on AIDS, cancer, diabetes, nutrition, and substance abuse. Arranged alphabetically, the directory includes a subject index to identify materials on specific topics. _Native Americans: Sources of Health Materials,_ 4p, is available free upon request. Contact: OMH-RC, P.O. Box 37337, Washington, DC 20013-7337, 800-444-6472. The National Indian Council on Aging conducted a study, _Mapping Indian Elders,_ which identifies the availability of healthcare and community services in relation to need. Indian Health Service data reveal that the four most common health problems of older Native Americans are diabetes, eye disorders, respiratory problems, and joint problems (especially osteoarthritis). The report is available for $25 from the National Indian Council on Aging, 10501 Montgomery Boulevard NE, Suite 210, Albuquerque, NM 87111, (505) 292-2001. The Administration on Aging, Native Elder Health Care Resource Center at the University of Colorado, and the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the University of North Dakota recently published a report, _Home and Community-Based Long-Term Care in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities._ This report describes a wide disparity between the need for home and community-based services by Indian communities and the availability of these services. It is available online at http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov under "What's new." The Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, publishes occasional reports on such issues as Native American health and heritage. A recent CRS Report for Congress is _Health Care Fact Sheet: Indian Health Services_ by Jennifer Neisner, March 18, 1997, #94-866 EPW. 2p. The report briefly summarizes the eligibility, benefits, administration, and 1991-1998 funding of the Indian Health Service (IHS). For more information about this report, contact your congressional office.