December 7, 2010

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Oversight Hearing Will Examine Indian Health Service Plan for Correcting Mismanagement in Aberdeen Area

Washington D.C. –
The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee will conduct an oversight hearing at 2:15 PM, Wednesday, December 8, to hear how the Indian Health Service plans to correct serious and long-standing mismanagement problems in its Aberdeen Area. The hearing will take place in Room 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington, D.C.
In June 2010, the committee launched a formal investigation of IHS mismanagement problems in the Aberdeen Area, finding them serious, widespread and chronic.
The Director of the Indian Health Service, Dr. Yvette Roubideau, is scheduled to tell the committee what the IHS is doing to correct problems the committee identified in September.
The IHS Aberdeen Area serves 18 Native American tribes in four states, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. 
WHO: Senators: U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Senators Byron Dorgan, (D-ND) Chairman; John Barrasso (R-WY), and other members of the committee.
Witnesses: Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, Director, Indian Health Service; accompanied by Charlene Red Thunder, Aberdeen Area Director, Indian Health Service.
WHAT: Oversight hearing, “In Critical Condition II: How The Indian Health Service Will Correct Mismanagement in the Aberdeen Area.” The hearing will review Indian Health Service plans for correcting significant and chronic mismanagement problems in its Aberdeen Area.
WHEN: 2:15 PM, Wednesday, December 8, 2010
WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
WHY: To review the Indian Health Service’s plans for correcting chronic and serious mismanagement problems in its Aberdeen Area.
Contact: Barry Piatt, or Jennifer Bronson
Contact Phone: 202-224-2551