FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Indian Health Service has rescinded its reprimand of a psychiatrist who criticized the Spirit Lake Tribe in North Dakota for what he said was the failure to protect reservation children from abuse.
MARTIN (AP) — The director of a hospital in Martin warned it will have to close if the Indian Health Service doesn’t pay at least some of the nearly $1 million in emergency room bills for American Indians who choose the community hospital over an IHS hospital.
WASHINGTON — 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.
The investigation disclosed years of mismanagement that have led to poor patient care, longterm vacancies and other problems at the Aberdeen Area of the Indian Health Service, which includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.
FORT THOMPSON — Some Crow Creek tribal council members were dissatisfied to learn Monday that one investigator was sent to the Indian Health Service’s clinic in Fort Thompson to follow up on an April investigation instead of concerns about the clinic’s management.
Vice Chairman Wilfred Keeble said the investigator was following up on an investigation of which Keeble and two other tribal council members were unaware. He was told the council will have access to that probe later this week.
The director of the Aberdeen Area Office of the Indian Health Service told Crow Creek tribal leaders that investigators will arrive on Monday to look into complaints lodged by tribal members about the management of the IHS Health Center in Fort Thompson.
Peter Lengkeek, tribal council treasurer, said that some tribal council members conducted a teleconference Thursday with Charlene Red Thunder, director of the IHS area office. The office supervises eight tribal hospitals and five health centers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.
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