D.C. (AP) – Yvette Roubideaux (Rosebud Sioux), the recently confirmed director
of the Indian Health Service, announced $500 million in funds from the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Obama is committed to improving health in Indian Country,” Roubideaux said. “It
isn’t just talk, he’s taking action.”
the administration will provide $227 million for health facilities
construction, $100 million for maintenance and improvements, $85 million for
health information technology, $68 million for sanitation facilities
construction, and $20 million for health equipment that will help improve
health care in Indian Country.
the IHS, the money will complete two hospitals – one on the Cheyenne River
Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and another in Nome, Alaska. The funds will
be used for 169 sanitation facilities projects in 24 states, 302 maintenance and
improvement projects and to purchase over 200 pieces of medical equipment.