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Medical, Leadership Problems Persist at U.S. Indian Health Service Hospital, Report Finds

A long-troubled U.S. Indian Health Service hospital continued to be plagued by poor medical care, untrained staff and leadership turnover, despite improvements made there by top agency officials, a government watchdog said Monday. A report by the watchdog documents the intractable nature of some of the federal health system’s problems, even when additional resources are poured in.

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5/22/2020

article HHS distributes $500 million to tribal hospitals, clinics, and urban health centers
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it would distribute $500 million to the Indian Health Service and tribal hospitals...

5/17/2020

article Returning to its roots, Indian Health Service seeks traditional healers
(Montana) -- Cheryl Morales started the medicinal garden at the Aaniiih Nakoda College demonstration farm with only four plants: yarrow, echinacea, plantain and licorice...

5/14/2020

article Reversing history, Indian Health Service seeks traditional healers
(Montana) -- Cheryl Morales started the medicinal garden at the Aaniiih Nakoda College demonstration farm with only four plants: yarrow, echinacea, plantain and licorice...

4/28/2020

article Valley Center-based Indian Health Center gets $420K grant
(California) -- The Indian Health Council in Valley Center has received a federal grant of more than $400,000 to help Native Americans with mental health problems and...

4/26/2020

article AZ Rep. proposes federal malpractice insurance for urban Indian health facilities
(Arizona) -- Urban Indian Organizations may start receiving federal insurance against medical malpractice suits — just as other services in the Indian Health...

4/14/2020

article American Indian Health Center serves as safety net for the uninsured and the underinsured in San Diego
(California) -- The San Diego American Indian Health Center has a tent set up in its parking lot, it’s where patients come first. They’re first screened for...

4/13/2020

article Tribal Health Program in Mendocino County adapts to coronavirus crisis
(California) -- “We are open for business,” says Richard Matens, executive director of the Consolidated Tribal Health Program (CTHP). Staff and patients at...

4/10/2020

article Indian Health Service Expands Telehealth During the Coronavirus
(Indian Country) -- On Wednesday, the Indian Health Service announced it expanded electronic health services nationwide for its facilities serving native Americans who...

4/8/2020

article 50 Years Ago: IHS begins program to train medicine men
(Indian Country) -- Fifty years ago this week, the U.S. Indian Health Service was looking at doing something it had never done before – setting up a program to...

4/7/2020

article Indian Health Service set to get 15-minute tests as numbers continue to rise
(Washington D.C.) -- According to Dr. Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator for the White House, Indian Health Service will receive additional COVID-19 tests....

4/2/2020

article Indian Health Service, rural areas to have priority access to rapid coronavirus tests
(Washington D.C.) -- Rapid point-of-care coronavirus tests will be used to support areas of the country with the least access to testing, as well as nursing homes, White...

3/27/2020

article Rear Adm. Weahkee: Coronavirus: IHS Committed to Patient Care and Getting Resources to Front Line
(Washington D.C.) -- As the entire country, and the world, is coming together to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Health Service is leveraging its...

3/24/2020

article Indian communities should see better flow of coronavirus aid, Democrats say
(Washington D.C.) -- Two Arizona Democrats in Congress said Tuesday they were cautiously optimistic that Native Americans would see more timely and consistent aid in...
article Indian Health Services Is Ill-Prepared for the Coronavirus Crisis. Indigenous People Will Suffer.
(Washington D.C.) -- Most Native Americans rely on Indian Health Services (IHS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for their...

3/21/2020

article Native American Tribes Face Critical Shortages of COVID-19 Test Kits, Protective Gear
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans in tribes across the United States are coming together to help safeguard their families and communities in the face of the COVID-19...
article American Indian Tribes Will Get $80 Million to Fight Coronavirus
(Washington D.C.) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will give $80 million in funding to American Indian tribes as part of the government’s effort...
article Arizona Congress members plead for Indian Health Services aid
(Washington D.C.) -- Four Arizona House Democrats pressed the Trump administration Friday to urgently provide $120 million in emergency aid to the Indian Health Service...

3/17/2020

article Indian Health Service can give COVID-19 tests, $40M allocated to tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Health Service officials said Tuesday that their agency's clinical sites can administer COVID-19 tests and that tribes will receive $40...
article Senate Committee Gets Redacted IHS Report On Child Sexual Abuse Case
(Washington D.C.) -- After receiving pressure from congressional lawmakers, the Indian Health Service is providing some members of the U.S. Senate with redacted report...

3/16/2020

press release Udall, Warren Unveil Bill to Guarantee Tribal Health Authorities to Access the Strategic National Stockpile
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced the...

3/4/2020

article Lawmakers Urge Azar to Release Indian Health Service Report on Sexual Abuse
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate lawmakers gave the nation’s top health official on Wednesday a deadline of seven business days to release a controversial report said...

3/1/2020

article Indictment alleges former Browning IHS doctor got drug kickbacks
(Montana) -- An indictment released this week from U.S. District Court in Great Falls this week accused a former Indian Health Service doctor of benefiting from part of...

2/21/2020

article Victims’ Families, Tribes Want Public Reckoning For IHS Officials Who Protected Abusive Doctor. They Might Not Get One.
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Health Service says that it won't release a report on the government officials who were responsible for a pediatrician who was...

2/15/2020

article New Weber indictment dismissed at prosecutor's request
(South Dakota) -- A new child sexual abuse indictment against a former pediatrician with the Indian Health Service has been dismissed days after he received multiple...
article Wagner IHS doctor denies sexually abusing four
(South Dakota) -- A doctor at the Yankton Indian Health Service in Wagner pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sexually abusing four people between 2014 and 2018. Pedro...

2/14/2020

article Ex-IHS doctor indicted for sexually abusing Native American patients
(South Dakota) -- An indictment accusing a former Indian Health Service doctor in Wagner of sexually abusing Native American patients was unsealed Thursday, just three...
article Ex-Indian Health Service doctor faces sex abuse charges
(South Dakota) -- A former Indian Health Service physician in South Dakota faces federal charges that he sexually abused Native American patients. Pedro Ibarra-Perocier...
article Documentary highlights challenges of prosecuting sexual assault cases on a Montana reservation
(Montana) -- The Newsy documentary “A Broken Trust” explores the complex legal relationship between the Fort Peck/Fort Berthold Indian Reservations and the U...

2/12/2020

article Five consecutive life sentences for ex-IHS pediatrician in South Dakota case
(South Dakota) -- A former Indian Health Services pediatrician sentenced to 18 years behind bars for abusing young boys on Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation...

2/10/2020

article Former IHS Pediatrician gets five life sentences for sexually abusing Native American boys
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge in Rapid City sentenced 71-year-old Stanley Patrick Weber to five consecutive life sentences in prison Monday. Weber is already serving...
article Former reservation doctor convicted in Montana gets 5 life sentences for child sex abuse in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- A former pediatrician with the Indian Health Service will spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually abusing four Native American boys over a 12...

1/26/2020

article Lawsuit: 1855 Blackfeet treaty supports reparations for Weber's victims
(Montana) -- A lawsuit is citing an 1855 treaty between the U.S. government, Blackfeet Nation and other tribes to argue the Indian Health Service owes reparations to...

1/25/2020

article 3 members of Blackfeet Nation sue IHS over sexual abuse
(Montana) -- Three members of the Blackfeet Nation have filed a civil lawsuit against the Indian Health Service and are seeking $9 million in damages, alleging the...

1/23/2020

article Indian Health Service Faces Civil Suit Over Alleged Sexual Abuse
(Washington D.C.) -- Three Native American men filed a civil lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Indian Health Service failed to protect them from sexual abuse by a...
article Three Blackfeet Nation Members Sue Indian Health Service
(Montana) -- Three Blackfeet Nation members have filed a civil lawsuit arguing the Indian Health Service violated their treaty rights when it allegedly failed to prevent...

1/20/2020

article Tribal Health Clinic gets accreditation renewed
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic’s national accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has been renewed...

1/16/2020

article Forsaken by the Indian Health Service
(South Dakota) -- The Wall Street Journal and the PBS series Frontline produced an article and an hour-long documentary, “Predator on the Reservation,”...

12/31/2019

article Rx for Ailing Indian Health Service: Changes in Spending, Recruitment
(Washington D.C.) -- Some of the biggest problems plaguing the troubled Indian Health Service, which cares for 2.6 million Native Americans, could be addressed by taking...

12/30/2019

article Glacier County files law suit against Indian Health Services for $1.8 Million
(Washington) -- Glacier County has filed a lawsuit against the Indian Health Service trying to get an immediate payment for emergency medical services. Glacier County is...

12/23/2019

article Kate Miner’s Tragic Journey Through the U.S. Indian Health Service
(South Dakota) -- Kate Miner walked into the Indian Health Service hospital, seeking help for a cough that wouldn’t quit. An X-ray taken of Ms. Miner’s lungs...

12/21/2019

article 'Lives at risk': Indian Health Service hit with lawsuit over $1.8 million in disputed payments
(Washington D.C.) -- A long-running dispute between the Indian Health Service and a county in Montana has escalated with a lawsuit and a prominent citizen of the...

12/19/2019

article Indian Health Service Effort to Protect Patients From Abuse Needs Work, Report Says
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Indian Health Service’s latest effort to protect patients from abuse falls short, federal inspectors said in a report Friday, despite...

12/12/2019

article Trump's nominee for Indian Health Service promises positive changes
(Washington D.C.) -- What a difference a strong nominee makes when it comes to Indian Country's health and wellness. Michael Weahkee, a citizen of the Pueblo of Zuni...
press release IHS Rosebud Hospital Accredited by The Joint Commission
(South Dakota) -- IHS Rosebud Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous...

12/10/2019

article Six CEOs and No Operating Room: The Impossible Job of Fixing the Indian Health Service
(Indian Country) -- Three years ago, the U.S. Indian Health Service needed a savior for its hospital in Rosebud, S.D. The federal health-care agency was forced to shut...

12/6/2019

press release Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema meets with Indian Health Services leader
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema met with Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, Principal Deputy Director of Indian Health Services, to discuss how his...

11/19/2019

article Association of American Indian Physicians supports Rear Admiral Weahkee for Director of Indian Health Service
(Washington D.C.) -- The Association of American Indian Physicians has announced in a recent letter to the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee offering their full...

10/30/2019

article IHS announces Bryce Redgrave selected as new Area Director
(Montana) -- The Indian Health Service announced on Oct. 28 the appointment of Bryce Redgrave as director of the IHS Billings Area. As area director, he is responsible...

10/7/2019

article IHS doctor found guilty
(South Dakota) -- A federal trial jury here convicted former Pine Ridge Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber on September 27 of all 11 criminal...

9/30/2019

article Former Browning pediatrician guilty on all counts in South Dakota trial
(South Dakota) -- A former Indian Health Services pediatrician who worked in Browning and on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation was found guilty Friday of eight...

9/29/2019

article South Dakota doctor accused of sex crimes guilty on all count
(South Dakota) -- A former South Dakota Indian Health Services pediatrician accused of child sexual abuse has been convicted on all eight counts. Jurors deliberated for...

9/28/2019

article Former U.S. Indian Health Service Doctor Is Found Guilty of Abusing Boys
(South Dakota) -- A jury convicted a former U.S. government pediatrician of sexually abusing young Native American boys under his care at a federal hospital on the Pine...

9/27/2019

article Pine Ridge doctor accused of sex crimes guilty on all count
(South Dakota) -- A former South Dakota Indian Health Services pediatrician accused of child sexual abuse has been convicted on all eight counts. Jurors deliberated for...

9/25/2019

article Minnesota agency's estimate of tribal overpayments grows
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Department of Human Services says it underestimated the amount of money it overpaid two Native American tribes for substance abuse treatment...

9/24/2019

article Former IHS doctor sees another day in Rapid City court
(South Dakota) -- Emotional and challenging testimony took place Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Rapid City. Opening statements began day two of the trial for...

9/11/2019

article New CT scan facility at Parker Indian Health Center dedicated
(Arizona) -- It was a celebration that brought the Chief of Staff or Indian Health Services to Parker. Parker Indian Health Center had a dedication and ribbon cutting...

8/29/2019

article Report: US Native American health agency at crossroads
(Arizona) -- Emergency rooms shut down for months. Hospitals put patients at risk for opioid abuse and overdoses. A longtime pediatrician was charged with sexually...

8/26/2019

article Minnesota DHS bill to Medicaid is $48M after state made improper payments to drug treatment programs
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota must pay back an estimated $48 million to the federal government because it improperly dealt out money to certain state chemical dependency...

8/24/2019

article Former IHS pediatrician faces new child sex abuse charges in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- An indictment filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in South Dakota accuses former Indian Health Services pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber of two new...

8/23/2019

article Former Pine Ridge pediatrician indicted on two more charges
(South Dakota) -- A former Indian Health Service pediatrician convicted of sexually abusing Native American boys in Montana and awaiting trial for similar accusations on...

8/22/2019

article Former IHS pediatrician faces new child sex abuse charges in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- An indictment filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in South Dakota accuses former Indian Health Services pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber of two new...

8/11/2019

article Report critical of Cass Lake IHS handling of opioids
(Minnesota) -- The Indian Health Service in Cass Lake was one of five IHS facilities that received criticism from the Department of Health and Human Services in a recent...

7/25/2019

article Elevated opioid risks found at Native American hospitals
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. government hospitals put Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for...

7/22/2019

article HHS urges broad reforms at some Indian Health Service hospitals
(Washington D.C.) -- Two new HHS Office of the Inspector General reports identified major deficiencies in Indian Health Service management and policies that led to...
article 5-year Tribal Health Assessment presented at Health Board
(North Carolina) -- EBCI Public Health & Human Services Secretary Vickie Bradley presented the 2018 Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Health Assessment (THA),...

7/21/2019

article Inspector general says reservation hospital still struggles
(South Dakota) -- The Indian Health Service made "significant improvements" at its hospital on the remote Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota after it...
article Medical, Leadership Problems Persist at U.S. Indian Health Service Hospital, Report Finds
(South Dakota) -- A long-troubled U.S. Indian Health Service hospital continued to be plagued by poor medical care, untrained staff and leadership turnover, despite...
article Tribes prepare for historic management of troubled Indian Health Service hospital
(South Dakota) -- A troubled Indian Health Service facility in South Dakota is transitioning to tribal management this weekend. Starting at midnight on Sunday, the Sioux...
article Audit: Hospitals put Native Americans at risk with opioids
(Washington D.C.) -- Government hospitals placed Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for...

7/3/2019

article HHS responds to Daines’ push to revoke pension of convicted pedophile doctor
(Washington D.C.) -- Efforts by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) to revoke the government pension of a retired federal medical doctor convicted of sexually assaulting...
article Fate of historic Sioux San structures debated
(South Dakota) -- The fate of approximately 20 historic structures on the Sioux San campus in Rapid City is being debated as the Indian Health Service considers...

7/1/2019

article Federal officials to review ex-IHS pediatrician's pension
(Montana) -- U.S. officials are investigating whether to revoke the honorable discharge of a former Indian Health Service pediatrician convicted of molesting children on...

6/28/2019

article Pediatrician who sexually abused Blackfeet children could lose retirement benefits
(Montana) -- An Indian Health Service pediatrician convicted of molesting children on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation could lose retirement benefits as federal...

6/15/2019

press release Readout of the Third Meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System
(Washington D.C.) -- The Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System (Task Force) convened in Montana, from June...

6/1/2019

article Pilot in deadly crash inexperienced with floatplanes, initial report says
(Alaska) -- A pilot who crashed a commercial floatplane while landing at a southeast Alaska village had just five hours of floatplane experience when he began his...

5/18/2019

article IHS spends $618,000 for independent review of Weber case
(Washington D.C.) -- An independent review into how the Indian Health Service addressed sexual abuse accusations against Stanley Patrick Weber, a former doctor in Pine...

5/8/2019

article Feds, tribes meet after abuse probe of reservation doctor
(New Mexico) -- A White House task force is holding a consultation meeting with tribal leaders in New Mexico to address systematic breakdowns within the federal Indian...

5/1/2019

article Sen. Mike Rounds requests audit of Indian Health Services
(South Dakota) -- Sen. Mike Rounds is again attempting to require an audit of Indian Health Service to gain a more accurate picture of the agency. Rounds said he doesn...

4/26/2019

article Native American ‘Angels’ Help Ease Burden of Cancer
(USA) -- athy Ute knew something was wrong. “I couldn’t eat and I hurt all over,” said Ute, a member of the Eastern Shoshone tribe from the Wind River...

4/20/2019

article IHS says it won't reach out to Weber victims
(South Dakota) -- After meeting with the head of the Indian Health Service last month to learn what steps it's taking in the wake of a former doctor being convicted...

4/7/2019

article Rosebud Sioux Tribe member to oversee IHS healthcare in South Dakota, Great Plains
(South Dakota) -- A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has been named as the director of the Great Plains Area of the Indian Health Services, which oversees South Dakota...

4/3/2019

article Ernestine Chasing Hawk: 'Low-life bullies' attack my reporting on Indian hospital
(South Dakota) -- First of all I am not one to engage in online tit-for-tat when my integrity as a journalist is being challenged. I spent many years on the therapy...
article Task force to study abuse of tribal youth, after IHS doctor convicted
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House unveiled a task force March 26 that would find ways to prevent sexual abuse of children in the Indian Health Service, after an IHS...

3/29/2019

article Former IHS doctor convicted of child abuse could still get pension, sparking outrage
(South Dakota) -- A former Indian Health Service pediatrician convicted of sexually abusing two Blackfeet Indian boys is still eligible to receive millions in retirement...

3/27/2019

article Head of IHS meets with Oglala Sioux Tribal Council about abusive doctor
(South Dakota) -- The head of the Indian Health Service met Wednesday with the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council in Pine Ridge to discuss steps the agency is taking to prevent...

3/26/2019

article Trump creates panel to study IHS's handling of former Pine Ridge doctor convicted of child sex abuse
(South Dakota) -- The Trump administration is creating a task force to investigate how a former Indian Health Service doctor in Pine Ridge was able to sexually assault...
article 'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders are welcoming an investigation into the "institutional and systemic breakdown" within the Indian Health Service, one that...
article Tulsa U.S. attorney will review 'failures' that led to abuse of Native American children as part of Trump task force
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Attorney Trent Shores has been named to a presidential task force charged with investigating the institutional failures that contributed to a U...
article White House Tackles Child Sex Abuse in Indian Health Service
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is convening a task force to address the issue of child sexual abuse in the Indian Health Service (IHS), senior...

2/23/2019

article Senate wants answers from IHS about child sexual abuse
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate wants answers from the Indian Health Service about sexual abuse accusations against physicians. At the center of the concerns is an...

2/21/2019

article Rounds says Indian Health Service needs regular independent audits
(South Dakota) -- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) on Feb. 14 sponsored legislation that would authorize an independent outside audit of the Indian Health Service (IHS), a...

12/9/2018

article Violated: How the Indian Health Service betrays patient trust and treaties in the Great Plains
(South Dakota) -- Doctors pulled Kathy Boyd’s heart out of her chest. Hundreds of miles from her home on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, the 57-year-old wife and...
article Demonstrators want the federal government to remain in charge of Sioux San Hospital
(South Dakota) -- On Saturday people from the Native community took to the streets to voice their concerns about Sioux San Hospital. About 30 people rallied outside the...

12/5/2018

article Congress Is Starving the Indian Health Service and South Dakota Tribes Are Paying With Their Lives
(South Dakota) -- BThe federal government’s refusal to adequately fund the Indian Health Service is slowly killing two South Dakota tribes. The Argus Leader...
article Violated: Inside South Dakota's Native American health care crisis
(South Dakota) -- Before South Dakota became a state, its original inhabitants were offered a promise. Trade tribal land and natural resources to white settlers in...

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