The Indian Health Service has rescinded its reprimand of a clinical psychiatrist who sounded the alarm over what he regarded as systemic failures to protect endangered children of the Spirit Lake Tribe.
The problems found in the investigation by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs last year are unacceptable, and IHS is committed to addressing them. I have set a strong tone from the top that we will take action, and have implemented performance management changes for leadership accountability.
Supporting a free press is an indirect way of tackling the IHS’s unresponsiveness, among other issues. But it deserves a place in the lineup of reforms because if American history is any guide, it just might work.
Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., met Tuesday with the director of the Indian Health Service and “put her on notice” that the 34,000 American Indians who rely on IHS services in North Dakota “deserve better” than the care they’re receiving.
Disrupted Turtle Mountain dialysis center a symbol of problems of health care in Indian Country The head of the U.S. Indian Health Service met with tribal leaders from the Dakotas and surrounding states in Rapid City, S.D., last week and assured them that management of the much-maligned service is improving.
The Aberdeen Area of the Indian Health Service is in a "chronic state of crisis" stemming from serious management problems and a lack of oversight, Sen. Byron Dorgan said in releasing a congressional report on today.
American Indians die from such preventable diseases as diabetes at far higher rates than other Americans, especially in North Dakota and other states in the region, and a leading Indian health authority says more tribally driven research is needed to reduce such disparities.
Dorgan: Aberdeen-based regional office 'appears to me to be completely dysfunctional' The federal Indian Health Service has hired convicted criminals, failed to stop employees from stealing narcotics and allowed workers to take paid leave for more than a year while being investigated for misconduct, a federal investigation has found.
Officials from the federal Indian Health Service are being called to Capitol Hill today to answer questions about mismanagement and possible criminal behavior at a regional office that serves four Midwestern states.
Health care reform may be a national hair-pulling, divisive and seemingly never-ending. But people in western North Dakota are developing their own model to “end health care disparities and promote healthier, longer lives for all residents.”
Leaders of the five Indian tribes of North Dakota have called on the state’s congressional delegation to support significant health care reform, in part to improve access to health care for the majority of American Indians who live off reservations.
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