Recent Press Releases


Tomorrow, Friday, June 17, at the request of U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a field hearing in Rapid City, South Dakota, on the IHS Accountability Act of 2016, introduced last month by Thune and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee. Thune and Barrasso, as well as Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), will participate in the field hearing, which will be streamed live here.

Today, Thursday, June 16, staff from the Indian Affairs Committee will host a town hall meeting to discuss Thune’s bill and will be available to answer questions or receive feedback from the public.

Thursday, June 16:


Staff-Led Town Hall Meeting on the IHS Accountability Act


2:00 p.m. MDT


Rapid City Administration Building

3rd Floor Meeting Room East & West

300 Sixth Street

Rapid City, S.D.

Friday, June 17: 


Field Hearing on the IHS Accountability Act


10:30 a.m. MDT


Central High School Auditorium

433 Mt. Rushmore Rd.

Rapid City, S.D.


Mary Wakefield, PhD., R.N.,

Acting Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

The Honorable William Bear Shield

Chairman, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Health Board, Rosebud, South Dakota

Ms. Wehnona Stabler

Tribal Health Director, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Walthill, Nebraska

Ms. Ardell Blueshield

Tribal Health Director, Spirit Lake Tribal Health, Fort Totten, North Dakota

Ms. Stacy Bohlen

Executive Director, National Indian Health Board, Washington, D.C.