RST Council hears from and questions IHS Director at council meeting last week

By Eric Harrold

At last week’s council meeting held on Thursday, April 15th, Jim Driving Hawk, Director of the Great Plains Regional Office for Indian Health Service appeared before the council to take questions and hear concerns of tribal members voiced through their representatives.

Driving Hawk began by pointing out some good news in that “Priority 2” conditions were being addressed, which means that health care provided to tribal members now includes treating chronic conditions such as diabetes rather than only attending to emergencies that need immediate attention.

In spite of the progress that Driving Hawk insists has been made, tribal council representatives and community members had some tough questions and stern words for the IHS Director, with some of them describing IHS leadership as ‘unacceptable’ and the quality of healthcare available to tribal members as “a problem”. ...

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