Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services Sees More Opportunity in Indian Country
By Kathleen Sebelius
August 29, 2012
Last week, I toured the new Indian Health Service (IHS) Cheyenne River Health Center. The center, which opened last year, includes a new dental clinic, CT scanner and a Spiritual Room where patients and family can practice their traditions.
Over the past few years, the Department of Health and Human Services has made it a priority to strengthen its partnership with Tribal nations. And each year, I schedule visits to Tribal communities to review the work we are doing together and to understand the needs of the people we serve.
During my recent visit to Tribal communities in South Dakota, I met students at the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation where the Administration is supporting a Lakota Language Program which teaches the Lakota traditions through a rich K-12 curriculum.
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