Indian Health Service to distribute 30,000 children’s books to Indigenous families


The Indian Health Service is working to provide tens of thousands of children’s books to Indigenous families across the U.S., including parts of the Mountain West.

The federal agency, which provides health services to Native Americans and Alaska Natives on tribal lands, gave a $200,000 grant to Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit that integrates reading into pediatric care.

The group will use the money to buy more than 30,000 children’s books. The books will be handed out to Indigenous families during well-child visits at dozens of Indian Health Service clinics. In the Mountain West, that includes clinics in New Mexico (11), Colorado (1) and Wyoming (1).

Read the full story at KUNR here.

Also: National Native News highlights IHS gift (National Native News); Indian Health Service Provides Record Number of Books for Indigenous Families (Business News This Week, Red Lake Nation News); Indian Health Service awards 200K grant to buy Native children’s books for Arizona clinics (Fronteras Desk); Indigenous families in Washington receive donation of children’s books from Reach Out and Read (KHQ); Indian Health Services grant brings books to Fort Washakie tribal site (Casper Star Tribune)