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Violated: Inside South Dakota's Native American health care crisis

Before South Dakota became a state, its original inhabitants were offered a promise. Trade tribal land and natural resources to white settlers in exchange for the guarantee of housing, education and health care. Under duress, they agreed. But the federal government did little to uphold its end of the treaty agreement. From the start, funding for the health programs was inadequate and largely focused on preventing the spread of infectious disease.

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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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