Friend vows IHS will 'flourish' under Roubideaux
The Indian Health Service will "flourish" with Yvette Roubideaux as director, a family friend from South Dakota said.

"She cares for her people and cares for how horribly things have gone wrong for IHS," Rose Kern told The Rapid City Journal. "I think she will do fantastically. Under her tutelage, I think IHS will flourish."

Roubideaux is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe . Her father is the late Ramon Roubideaux, who was the first Indian attorney to practice law in South Dakota. She lives with her mother in Tucson, Arizona, the paper said.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has not announced a confirmation hearing for Roubideaux.

Get the Story:
Obama tabs R.C. Stevens grad as next IHS director (The Rapid City Journal 3/26)

White House Announcement:
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts (March 23, 2009)

Related Stories:
Rosebud Sioux leaders hail Roubideaux for IHS (3/25)
Yvette Roubideaux nominated as director of IHS (3/24)
Kevin Abourezk: IHS gets $500M from stimulus (03/20)
IHS Director: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness (03/19)
Biden announces $3M tribal senior nutrition funds (03/19)
Omnibus funds North Dakota tribe's overdue hospital (03/17)
Kevin Abourezk: Problems with Indian stimulus funds (03/13)
Death rates high among Natives in Washington (03/12)
Kansas governor tapped for Health secretary post (03/02)
Obama announces first budget (2/27)