Tribal contracting of Sioux San Hospital from Indian Health Service stopped

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Area tribes want control of the facility but have no jurisdiction as it is outside of any reservation boundary

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Rapid City Concerned American Indian Community Members

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council rescinded their Resolution No. 2018-117 which gave authorization to the Great Plains Trial Chairmen’s Health Board Inc. (GPTCHBI) to use Public Law 93-638 to contract the Sioux San Health Care Facility from the U. S. Indian Health Service.

The Resolution stated that the contract could only go through if Rosebud, Oglala Sioux Tribe, and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe all agreed to the same resolution. According to the law, PL 93-638, a federal agency can only contract with a Tribe or Tribal organization. However, GPTCHBI is not a tribal organization as it is considered a state entity as it is incorporated in the state of South Dakota, according to the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court.

The Tribes were further misled into believing that their resolutions could be used to authorize the contract. However, Tribal resolutions have no authority or jurisdiction outside of the reservation boundaries, according to the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court. Sioux San Health Facility is outside of any reservation boundary. Therefore, the Tribal resolutions have no authority or jurisdiction over Sioux San Health Care Facility. Again according to the law, any changes at the Sioux San require the approval of the people being served, the local Rapid City American Indian Community.

For the past three months, the local Rapid City American Indian Community has been meeting and organizing at the Mother Butler Center. In the early 1960s, it was the local Rapid City American Indian Community that lobbied Congress to establish the Sioux San into a general health care facility under the Indian Health Service.

A Wopila (Thank you) Prayer Gathering is planned for Friday, Dec. 21, at 2:00 PM at the Sioux San Sweat Lodge area.

For more information contact:

Charmaine White Face at 342-1626, Mark Lone Hill at 224-532-1227, Theresa Spry at 431-2160, Jeannie Ashley at 545-0883, or Pat Lee at 341-4360.

Comments (1)
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Don't contract it out to an entity! They will subcontract it to their associates and the quality of Health Care will degrade even further. Under the the Public Law 93-638 also gives Tribal Nation's the authority to Compact and this is what you need to do take control of the delivery of healthcare services for your people. It is what the Hochunk Nisoc (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) did because we were tired of watching our people die at the hands of Federal employees and their unions, and contractors. Take control and Compact for the sake of your people.

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