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    Social Security Administration establishes Office of Native American Partnerships
Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi
has announced that the Social Security
Administration (SSA) has established an
Office of Native American Partnerships
within the Office of the Commissioner.
Partnerships strengthens that commitment
by providing Tribal communities more
representation and a strong advocate,
messenger and facilitator within Social
Security’s Office of the Commissioner.”
This office will elevate and central-
ize efforts to administer comprehen-
sive programs and policies related to
American Indians and Alaska Natives.
It will enhance the agency’s relationship
with Tribes and serve as the primary
point of contact on Tribal affairs for all
The Office of Native American Part-
nerships will be responsible for many
functions to assist Tribal communities
throughout the country. It will seek to
improve services to communities by
engaging in meaningful national and
regional policy consultations, roundtable
discussions and seminars with Tribal and
federal experts.
“We remain steadfast in our com-
mitment to reducing barriers to ensure
people who are eligible for our benefits
receive them,” Kijakazi said. “Establish-
ing our new Office of Native American
dent Biden’s 2021 Executive Order (EO)
13985: Advancing Racial Equity and
Support for Underserved Communities,
as well as other federal guidance on coor-
dination and collaboration with Tribal
To learn more, please visit American
Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN)|SSA
pool for hiring at all levels of Social
Security and serve as the primary point
of contact for Tribal government offices
to foster transparency and collaboration.
Additionally, the office will conduct ongo-
ing data collection and analysis to improve
outreach to Tribal communities.
Establishing the Office of Native
American Partnerships supports Presi-
It will also coordinate internal agency
American Indian efforts, increase external
program awareness to the Tribal commu-
nity, help to recruit a diverse candidate
Video Service Delivery (VSD)
Video Service Delivery offers the same secure and confidential
process that hearings conducted in person provide.
Real time face-to-face video conference!
If you need assistance in applying for SSD, SSI, Retirement or a
replacement card, contact:
Social Security Disability
Supplemental Security
Services Specialist
201 SE Swan Ave.
Replacement Social Security
Address/Name change update
Danelle Smith
CTSI 477-SSP, Tribal
Siletz, OR 97380
541-444-9603 or email
Appointments available Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m.
Beginning Sept. 1, 2022
Social Security Matters
OHSU Northwest Native American Center of
Excellence in Portland has 2 openings
Wy’east Program Coordinator:
The Wy’east coordinator will:
1. Coordinate the Wy’east Post-Bac-
calaureate Pathway
2. Support our collaborative partners
(UC Davis and WSU) and expan-
sion of the Wy’east Pathway to their
respective campuses
3. Provide continuity of support to
Wy’east candidates and alumni
Experience working in an academic
health or research setting strongly pre-
ferred. Must have knowledge and expe-
rience working with American Indian/
Alaska Native organizations and com-
munities. This team member must live
in the Portland-metro area and be able
to regularly commute to our offices on
the OHSU South Waterfront Campus.
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Tribal Health Scholars Coordinator:
The THS coordinator will:
1. Manage all activities related to
Tribal Health Scholars
2. Expand Tribal Health Scholars to
other Tribal communities in Ore-
gon, Washington, Idaho and beyond
3. Develop and maintain Tribal Health
Scholars alumni network. Addition-
ally, they will play a critical role in
other research and programmatic
efforts for NNACoE.
Experience working in an academic
health or research setting, on an evalu-
ation team and with AI/AN communi-
ties strongly preferred. This position is
remote but must be able to regularly travel
throughout Oregon and Washington.