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Kickapoo Tribe seeks emergency health funds


A month after declaring an emergency, the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas hasn't heard back from the Indian Health Service.

The tribe needs $150,000 to keep the Kickapoo Nation Health Center running until the end of the current fiscal year. The facility's budget was already cut by $200,000 and it ran out of contract health service funds in June.

"That's put us in a bind. It's really getting to a critical stage," clinic director Josephine Bellonger told The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Dianne Dawson, an IHS spokesperson, acknowledged the shortfall but wouldn't say whether it's up to the administration or Congress to address it.

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