Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Receives $7 Million from Indian Health Service

Cheyenne River Health Center

Cheyenne River Health Center

CRST Chairman Harold C. Frazier is moving in the right direction

Published August 4, 2015

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – Two months ago the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council passed resolution number 129-2015-CR passed with zero opposition to the action, the resolution was a request made to the Indian Health Service to provide $8.3 million dollars of non-recurring funds to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Health Department.

This month, CRST is set to receive $7 million of the total $8.3 million non-recurring funding requested from Indian Health Service. The excess funding was available at CRST’s local service unit which is located in Eagle Butte, South Dakota and is the main health center for the Reservation.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold C. Frazier has made multiple visits to Rockville, Maryland to negotiate these funds with Robert McSwain, Indian Health Service Director.

“With the national budget looking grim, and echoes of sequestration on Capitol Hill, this funding could not have come at a better time for the members of the Cheyenne River Reservation. We are making progress in the face of adversity, and we have no plans of slowing down,” Chairman Frazier stated.  

The funding is projected for four (4) new community health clinics to be constructed on the reservations most rural communities; these funds will also supplement the Tribal Health Department with critically needed funding to help address the meth and suicide epidemics happening on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

 

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