Historical Timeline

 

1849 – Indian Health Care transferred from the war department to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

1850 – Gold Rush

1860 – Indian Island Massacre

1908 – The post of Chief Medical Supervisor was created to begin the Federal Indian Health Program

1921 – The Snyder Act is passed to address the poor health conditions of the American Indian people, November 2nd.

1948 – BIA is determined to not have provided the healthcare that was authorized by the Snyder Act.

1953 – Transfer Act

1954 – Termination Act

1957 – On August 16th PL 85-151 passed. Funds for construction of Indian Health facilities to serve Indian and non-Indians

1960 – Indian communities formed UIHS

1963 – California Indian Tribes are terminated and the promises made were not kept

1968 – UIHS began at Humboldt State University under the California Regional Medical Programs

1969 – CRIHB began

1970 – United Indian Health Services, incorporated as a non-profit organization

1972 – First direct care Dental Services

1973 – First Medical Doctor, Bert Umland, MD

1974 – UIHS moved to Trinidad

1975 – Indian Self Determination Act

1976 – Indian Health Care Improvement Act

1978 – Satellite Clinics established in Orleans and Smith River

1979 – Clinic 1 day a week – Resighini Rancheria

1980 – Equity Fund

1981 – Began providing oral surgery

1982 – Howonquet moved into converted trailer

1983 – Tillie Harwick Act

1984 – UIHS recognized as Indian Organization

1985 – Began providing Allergy Clinic

1988 – Howonquet moved into brand new facility – Smith River Rancheria

1992 – Howonquet Senior Nutrition Program

1993 – Yurok Tribe reinstated as a tribe

1994 – Full service pharmacy a Tsurai Clinic

2001 – Potawot Health Village is completed.