Published February 22, 2018
WASHINGTON – News broke on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Robert Weaver, 39, a tribal citizen of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, is no longer the Trump Administration’s nominee to serve as director of the Indian Health Service (IHS).
While in Reno, Nevada, IHS’ current acting director Michael Weahkee told a group of tribal leaders attending an IHS advisory panel Weaver had withdrawn his name from consideration.
“Mr. Weaver is no longer the Administration’s nominee for director of the Indian Health Service,” a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said late Wednesday afternoon responded when asked by the media about Weahkee’s statement.
“Now the Trump administration must honor its trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and nominate—and fully vet—a director with the strongest possible combination of leadership and fiduciary skills as well as experience running a large public health system,” stated Sen. Tom Udall (D., N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
IHS has been without a director since 2015. The agency serves two million American Indians and Alaska Natives.