San Diego Cherokee
Community Newsletter
Issue 4
October 2007
Southern Indian
Health Council
The Southern Indian Health Council
(SIHC) serves the seven member tribes
of Barona, Campo, Ewiiaapaayp, Jamul,
La Posta, Manzanita and Viejas. They
have also opened to other recognized
tribes including the Cherokees. Non-
natives are permitted to visit the Center
as well, however, the American Indian
members are given first priority for care.
SIHC is federally qualified and must
meet rigorous standards in order to
maintain qualifications. They do not
receive money from the casinos.
Instead, they are funded through
governmental resources. There are
several centers located throughout San
Diego County.
The Alpine Center offers mental health
services, as well as providing a medical
clinic, dental clinic and a pharmacy on
site. There is a small lab on site but it
not does provide full lab services. For
specialty services, patients should
contact the other health centers to
determine which ones provide what
To be seen at any of the Health Center as
an American Indian, you must complete
a registration form and present the
following documents: your official
tribal card (CN blue card), your CDIB
card (no minimum requirement on the
amount of Indian blood), and your
medical insurance card. It is
recommended that you show up one
hour before your appointment in order to
complete the required forms. They
accept most insurance plans, but it is
recommended that you call the clinic
first to check to see if your insurance
provider is a participant.
Alpine Center
Some preventative services for Medicare
participants are proved free of charge,
such as immunizations and vision,
hearing and cholesterol screenings.
Cancer screenings are provided at cost.
Specialists can be seen but the patient is
responsible for 100% of the bill.