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Winnebago Tribe set to assume control of troubled hospital on reservation
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Winnebago Tribe set to assume control of troubled hospital on reservation (June 27, 2018)

An Indian Health Service hospital is getting a new name as it comes under the control of the Winnebago Tribe.

Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
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Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.

Mark Trahant: Trump administration sabotages the treaty and trust relationship
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Mark Trahant: Trump administration sabotages the treaty and trust relationship (April 24, 2018)

The Trump administration maintains tribes are a race rather than sovereign governments, implicating the flow of Medicaid dollars to Indian Country.

Winnebago Tribe moves forward with takeover of troubled hospital
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Winnebago Tribe moves forward with takeover of troubled hospital (February 6, 2018)

The Winnebago Tribe is moving forward with plans to take over the troubled Indian Health Service hospital on its reservation.

Winnebago Tribe asserts self-determination in hopes of fixing troubled hospital
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Winnebago Tribe asserts self-determination in hopes of fixing troubled hospital (November 15, 2017)

The Winnebago Tribe is moving to take over management of the hospital on its reservation in Nebraska, more than two years after federal officials cut off key funding sources for the troubled facility.

Another Indian Health Service hospital placed in 'immediate jeopardy' status
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Another Indian Health Service hospital placed in 'immediate jeopardy' status (November 6, 2017)

A hospital on the Pine Ridge Reservation is losing a key source of funding after a review found that patients were being place in danger.

Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again
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Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again (June 14, 2017)

One of the worst-performing hospitals in Indian Country remains hobbled after losing certification nearly two years ago.

Investigation confirms problems at Indian Health Service facilities
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Investigation confirms problems at Indian Health Service facilities (October 7, 2016)

Patients are suffering and some are even dying at the agency that provides health care to tribal citizens.

Indian Health Service sued for delay in removing needle from patient's foot
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Indian Health Service sued for delay in removing needle from patient's foot (August 16, 2016)

Karrie Yankton, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, had to wait four days before a sewing needle was removed from her foot

Indian Health Service remains on defensive as troubles continue
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Indian Health Service remains on defensive as troubles continue (July 13, 2016)

Tribes and lawmakers question whether the agency is making progress in the troubled Great Plains Area.

Lakota Country Times: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs lands in South Dakota
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Lakota Country Times: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs lands in South Dakota (June 16, 2016)

Lawmakers will convene in Rapid City this week to hear from tribal leaders and tribal citizens about the care they have received at the Indian Health Service.

Indian Health Service cites progress at hospital in South Dakota
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Indian Health Service cites progress at hospital in South Dakota (June 9, 2016)

The Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, is no longer putting patients in 'Immediate Jeopardy' the agency announced.

Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge Hospital sees shakeup in staff
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Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge Hospital sees shakeup in staff (June 7, 2016)

Only weeks after Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Yellowbird Steele pledged to close the Aberdeen Area Office and contract out the emergency room in Pine Ridge, federal officials opted to hire a contractor to do just that.

Indian Health Service considers changes in troubled Great Plains
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Indian Health Service considers changes in troubled Great Plains (June 2, 2016)

At least one tribal leader has demanded the closure of the office in Aberdeen, South Dakota, which is far from nearly every reservation in the region.

Field hearing in South Dakota on Indian Health Service reform bill
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Field hearing in South Dakota on Indian Health Service reform bill (May 31, 2016)

Three IHS facilities in the state have been cited for numerous deficiencies that threatened the health and safety of tribal members.

Native Sun News: Longtime Indian Health Service staff reassigned
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Native Sun News: Longtime Indian Health Service staff reassigned (May 31, 2016)

IHS Emergency Room Nurses, some with more than 20 years of experience at the Pine Ridge Hospital, were given notice last week that they will be permanently reassigned and replaced by medical staff from a company known as AB Staffing Solutions.

Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill
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Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill (May 25, 2016)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a field hearing on S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, in June.

Indian Health Service facility faulted for treatment of 6-month-old
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Indian Health Service facility faulted for treatment of 6-month-old (May 24, 2016)

A six-month-old boy suffered a seizure after a provider at the Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, failed to consider his full medical history.

Another Indian Health Service facility in Great Plains threatened
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Another Indian Health Service facility in Great Plains threatened (May 23, 2016)

The Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, poses an 'mmediate threat to the health and safety' of tribal members, a warning letter stated.

Indian Health Service hires contractor to run emergency rooms
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Indian Health Service hires contractor to run emergency rooms (May 18, 2016)

AB Staffing Solutions will run the Winnebago, Rosebud and Pine Ridge hospitals in the Great Plains Area for at least one year.

Indian Health Service faces questions for efforts in troubled region
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Indian Health Service faces questions for efforts in troubled region (May 16, 2016)

The leader of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and South Dakota's Congressional delegation aren't convinced of the agency's new improvement agreements.

Indian Health Service faulted for lengthy waits in patient care
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Indian Health Service faulted for lengthy waits in patient care (April 29, 2016)

A lack of physicians and other key staff, along with aging infrastructure and equipment, contribute to delays for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over 'crisis' in care
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Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over 'crisis' in care (April 28, 2016)

Since the emergency room on the hospital shut down in December, six people have died while seeking urgent care at facilities far from the reservation.

Indian Health Service seeks new contracts for emergency rooms
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Indian Health Service seeks new contracts for emergency rooms (April 20, 2016)

The agency solicited bids for three emergency rooms in the troubled Great Plains region.

Lakota Country Times: Oglala leader demands closure of IHS office
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Lakota Country Times: Oglala leader demands closure of IHS office (April 18, 2016)

Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Steele has called for the closure of the Indian Health Service's Aberdeen Area office as he has introduced massive recommendations for reform of healthcare on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

President of Oglala Sioux Tribe welcomes scrutiny of IHS hospital
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President of Oglala Sioux Tribe welcomes scrutiny of IHS hospital (April 12, 2016)

The facility on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota has been suffering from problems for more than five years.

Indian Health Service failing to make progress in troubled region
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Indian Health Service failing to make progress in troubled region (April 11, 2016)

Yet another facility in the Great Plains Area stands to lose certification due to numerous deficiencies.

New leader of Indian Health Service promises fixes in Great Plains
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New leader of Indian Health Service promises fixes in Great Plains (April 7, 2016)

Acting director Mary Smith heard complaints from tribal leaders and tribal members during a visit to South Dakota.

Indian Health Service recommended hospital executive for DC job
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Indian Health Service recommended hospital executive for DC job (April 7, 2016)

Leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe said the executive did little to address long-standing problems but that didn't stop the IHS from endorsing him for a new position.

Lakota Country Times: South Dakota continues Medicaid debate
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Lakota Country Times: South Dakota continues Medicaid debate (March 29, 2016)

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) seems to have heavily weighed the merits of Medicaid expansion prior to announcing that he would not pursue it during this legislative session.

New leader of Indian Health Service plans big trip to Great Plains
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New leader of Indian Health Service plans big trip to Great Plains (March 23, 2016)

Mary Smith, who was named acting director of the agency earlier this month, wants to hear from 'all of the tribes' in a region that has been under intense scrutiny in Indian Country and in Congress.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe left 'high and dry' by IHS hospital executive
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Rosebud Sioux Tribe left 'high and dry' by IHS hospital executive (March 21, 2016)

A month after the chief executive of the Rosebud Hospital in South Dakota hospital left, the emergency room was shut down and the facility itself is in danger of losing a key certification.

Indian Health Service aims to save certification for troubled facility
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Indian Health Service aims to save certification for troubled facility (March 9, 2016)

The new leader of the beleaguered agency vowed to do 'whatever it takes' to prevent more facilities in the troubled Great Plains Area from losing a key source of funding.

IHS facility on Rosebud Sioux Reservation loses key certification
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IHS facility on Rosebud Sioux Reservation loses key certification (March 3, 2016)

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service found numerous violations at the Rosebud Hospital in South Dakota.

Governor vetoes transgender bill opposed by Indian lawmakers
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Governor vetoes transgender bill opposed by Indian lawmakers (March 2, 2016)

The controversial bill would have barred transgendered public school students in South Dakota from using the bathroom or locker room of their choice.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe frustrated by treatment from HHS agencies
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Rosebud Sioux Tribe frustrated by treatment from HHS agencies (February 17, 2016)

The tribe isn't happy with the level of communication from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service and the Indian Health Service.

Another IHS hospital threatened with loss of Medicare funding
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Another IHS hospital threatened with loss of Medicare funding (February 16, 2016)

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service is giving the Indian Health Service until March 16 to address compliance issues.

President Obama seeks another increase for Indian Health Service budget
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President Obama seeks another increase for Indian Health Service budget (February 10, 2016)

The agency would see a record $6.6 million in funding under the last budget of President Barack Obama's administration.

IHS chief medical officer apologizes for comments about newborns
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IHS chief medical officer apologizes for comments about newborns (February 4, 2016)

The agency's top medical advice and guidance official admitted she told Senate staff: 'If you’ve only had two babies hit the floor in eight years that's pretty good.'

Inspections of IHS facilities in Great Plains turn up big problems
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Inspections of IHS facilities in Great Plains turn up big problems (January 28, 2016)

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare found serious problems at hospitals on the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, both in South Dakota.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee expands look into 'substandard' care at Indian Health Service
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee expands look into 'substandard' care at Indian Health Service (January 22, 2016)

Lawmakers and staff are convening a listening session to hear from tribal members across Indian Country in addition to looking at the Great Plains Area of the IHS.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to look at 'substandard' care at IHS in Great Plains
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee to look at 'substandard' care at IHS in Great Plains (January 12, 2016)

The Great Plains Area of the Indian Health Service has been under intense scrutiny for several years due to management failures and cutbacks in care.

Nebraska tribes recognized for efforts to hold IHS accountable
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Nebraska tribes recognized for efforts to hold IHS accountable (September 24, 2015)

The Omaha Tribe and the Winnebago Tribe received the National Impact Award from the National Indian Health Board at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.