ROSEBUD—Rosebud IHS Hospital has been granted a reprieve until May 16 by the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) to get its act together and show improvements in patient care or have its Medicare refunds discontinued.
CMS had set mid-March as the cutoff date, but negotiations with Health & Human Services and Indian Health Service persuaded CMS to grant a 60-day extension, according to a news release.
If you protect your smartphone with a passcode, the device is encrypted.
But the Justice Department convinced a federal judge to order Apple to create new software that would enable the FBI to crack the encryption on the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino attackers by trying a large number of possible passcodes.
Most kids in the U.S. are taught lessons on climate change that do not rise to the level of a sound science education, according to new research.
A survey of 1,500 teachers found most pupils spend only an hour or two in an academic year learning about climate change in middle and high school—and much of what they are taught is confusing or simply wrong.
RAPID CITY—Calling it a “fundamental lack of competence,” a federal judge last week denied South Dakota’s argument that he reconsider his earlier decision, which found the state violated the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and denied Indian parents their constitutional rights.
In March 2015, Judge Jeffrey Viken issued a partial summary judgment favoring plaintiffs in Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Luann Van Hunnik, concerning emergency removal or “48-hour hearings” in Pennington County.
WASHINGTON—Furthering President Obama’s efforts to support American Indian families and protect tribal communities, Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Lawrence Roberts has announced a proposed BIA Model Indian Juvenile Code.
Officials are seeking public comment on the draft, which will be the subject of listening and consultation sessions scheduled for March and April 2016.
PINE RIDGE—HUD has announced it will give $1.1 million in an Indian block grant to the Oglala Sioux Tribe to help improve housing conditions, and stimulate community development on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The first-of-the-year in housing funds—from a competitive block grant system, won by a single tribe—will help Pine Ridge start new construction projects, and provide vitally needed jobs on a reservation known nationally for its poverty-stricken families.
OKLAHOMA CITY—A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook northwestern Oklahoma recently, an event the U.S. Geological Survey said should trouble wastewater injection companies.
The USGS said the earthquake could have been caused by wastewater injection, which can involve taking water used in fracking and injecting it into underground wells, ostensibly to not contaminate more drinking water.
I want to address both the Oyate and elected officials of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Nation) regarding the elephant standing in our midst; namely, the Indian Health Service (IHS) embodied in Rosebud Hospital.
My intentions are not to offend anyone, but to address a mammoth issue of Oyate concern, which should be welcomed with open arms by a tribal government that shouldn’t be complicit in IHS’s continuing neglect.
ROSEBUD — A dispute has erupted here in Rosebud Community, forcing the organization to hold a new election of officers.
The decision is not without some controversy.
Following this year's Sept. 10 election which showed former chairman Bob Long winning as chairman by eight votes, a special meeting was called for Sept. 15, where a motion by Stephanie Sully was approved to hold another election of officers because not enough people were notified of the election.
ROSEBUD — Beloved, 3-time former President William Kindle was handed a landslide-return to the coveted RST presidency late last month, which also brought back to the political fold former Antelope Rep. Scott Herman to the vice presidency, according to official votes tallied by RST Election Board.
WASHINGTON—As part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous and Tiwahe initiatives, Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn said Sept. 10 will henceforth be known as "Hope for Life Day" to raise awareness in Indian Country about suicide prevention during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Suicide strikes Native youth especially hard. The suicide rate for ages 15 to 34 is more than two times higher than the national average.