Here’s one you won’t read about in the mainstream media. While Paula Hawks kvetches about the IHS Health crisis on South Dakota’s indian reservations, Congressowman Kristi Noem is doing more than complaining..
The fiscal year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill that was released on Tuesday includes additional funds to address what Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) said was a “crisis” at the IHS. Some $6 million will be directed to “accreditation emergencies” like the ones affecting an unprecedented four facilities in the Great Plains.“
The added funding will not solve IHS’s deep-rooted problems, but I’m hopeful it will help as we work to put real reforms in place,” Noem said in a press release on Wednesday.S.2953 does not have a companion in the House at this point. But Noem confirmed that she is working on her own IHS reform package, an effort Thune welcomed during his conference call.
“We need to fundamentally change how this agency is run and how it delivers care” Noem said.
…Congresswoman Noem is acting. And Noem’s activism for the tribes in Congress has not gone unnoticed, as the Rosebud Sioux Tribe recently recognized her hard work with a resolution that points out her extensive work on behalf of South Dakota Tribes:
Exempting tribes from the Employer Mandate, Protecting Tribal Sovereignty, Suicide Prevention, Mni Wiconi, a Meth Facility for Rosebud, Health Care, fighting to create a USDA office of Tribal Relations, and even working to shepherd the National Bison Legacy Act through the House and Senate earned Congresswoman Noem the unanimous thanks and gratitude of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council.
Whether it’s working hard for South Dakota tribes, or South Dakota Agriculture, there’s a reason we say she does a good job for South Dakota. because it’s true.