Federal District Judge Allows Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Lawsuit against IHS to Continue

Rosebud Hospital on Rosebud Indian Reservation

Published April 1, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA – A federal judge ruled on Friday, March 31, 2017, that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe can continue its lawsuit against the Indian Health Service for failure to provide adequate medical services at the Rosebud Hospital.

The tribe filed a lawsuit last year after the emergency room was shut down at the Rosebud Hospital. The emergency room was closed after federal inspectors issued a report citing the the hospital with serious failures and putting patients’ lives at risk.

U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange denied the federal government’s motion to have the tribe’s case dismissed. Citing the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, the judge said the federal government promised to provide the tribe with a physician.

Separate from the lawsuit, the emergency room at the Rosebud Hospital has since reopened.





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