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Tribes Finally Getting Money for Health Center

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NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) - The Three Affiliated Tribes were promised a new health clinic decades ago in return for land lost to the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. They're finally getting it. A spending bill signed by President Barack Obama includes...

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Dalia H (1280)
Monday March 30, 2009, 3:46 pm
Much Love, Black Dalia:)

kat yazzie (400)
Monday March 30, 2009, 3:46 pm

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) – The Three Affiliated Tribes were promised a new health clinic decades ago in return for land lost to the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. They’re finally getting it.

A spending bill signed by President Barack Obama includes $17 million for a new health care facility on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Money has been authorized by Congress before but never actually appropriated.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Jim Foote, project manager for the Elbowoods Memorial Health Center. “Perseverance is the key. This council didn’t give up.”

The health care center will be built on 120 acres that the Three Affiliated Tribes own north of Fort Berthold Community College in New Town. Most of the design work is expected to be done by June, with officials awarding the construction contract later that month.

“It’s just historic,” Foote said.

The health center is to open in early 2011. It will be six times larger than the Minne-Tohe Health Center west of New Town, which has been the main medical facility since the 1960s, and will have about three times the staff. Fort Berthold Community College is to help with training, Foote said.

“My thoughts and those of the entire Tribal Council are with the many members of the tribe who are no longer with us and with our elders who fought for this facility over the past 60 years,” Tribal Chairman Marcus Levings said.

The name of the new center is from the community of Elbowoods, which had a hospital with the same name. Elbowoods was flooded when Garrison Dam was built.

kat yazzie (400)
Monday March 30, 2009, 4:09 pm
OOOPS! Thanks Dalia!

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Monday March 30, 2009, 4:25 pm
Oh wonderful! Thanks Kat-noted

Past Member (0)
Monday March 30, 2009, 4:26 pm
Noted, Thanks Kat thats great news!

Leigh B (211)
Monday March 30, 2009, 4:34 pm
This is so awesome Kat, its been a long time coming, for there isn't much health care for native americans. I am so glad to hear this.

Phyllis P (237)
Monday March 30, 2009, 6:17 pm
great news...

Past Member (0)
Monday March 30, 2009, 7:04 pm
I'd really like to know just what took them so long...

. (0)
Monday March 30, 2009, 7:36 pm
noted thank you

sue M (184)
Monday March 30, 2009, 8:17 pm
Lets just hope they don't put shrins in there and screw up their minds and health with antipsychotics! That would be a kick in the face!

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Monday March 30, 2009, 8:36 pm

Kisha F (114)
Monday March 30, 2009, 10:05 pm
Thats great! noted!

Deborah N (37)
Monday March 30, 2009, 10:09 pm
They had to have a President that actually do what he has promised in his speeches... Thanks Obama & I am greatful that the Native Americans are finally getting the recognation they deserve.. maybe this will be only the beginning & more will be forth coming to a Nation way over due on the promises of long ago..noted

Ben O (152)
Tuesday March 31, 2009, 5:14 am
Better late than NEVER?
If not NOW - WHEN?

Michael Owens (1647)
Tuesday March 31, 2009, 5:35 am
Thats great news

. (0)
Tuesday March 31, 2009, 5:46 am
good news crossposted

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday March 31, 2009, 10:09 am

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS

As the worsening economy leads to massive job losses—potentially forcing millions more Americans to go without health insurance—FRONTLINE travels the country examining the nation’s broken health care system and explores the need for a fundamental overhaul. Veteran FRONTLINE producer Jon Palfreman dissects the private insurance system, a system that not only fails to cover 46 million Americans but also leaves millions more underinsured and at risk of bankruptcy, in Sick Around America, airing Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings).

kat yazzie (400)
Tuesday March 31, 2009, 10:21 am
Blue Bunting...Thanks for this great info!

Amy Raybourn (8)
Tuesday March 31, 2009, 11:01 am
Noted and singing praise! Thanks

Marthe B (9)
Wednesday April 1, 2009, 8:41 am
Great news after almost 60 years of patience,i hope it's a beginning of justice for ALL Americans,getting the right of healthinsurance for All,poor or wealthy,there must be equality in having the means to resolve health problems,let's hope for it

Mary Neal (183)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 5:20 am
Thanks for the good news.

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
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