The United States Congress has allocated funding for a new Indian Health Service (IHS) Hospital to be built in Rapid City. According to KOTA Territory News, several area tribes have requested support from the Rapid City Council in finding a location for the new campus.
The Oglala Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes have requested that the hospital be built in the Shepherd Hills Development, which is southeast of Menards and north of Western Dakota Technical Institute on the east side of Rapid City. Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said that this location would be ideal in terms of transportation, as well as being close to Western Dakota Tech, I-90, housing, and employment. Allender says he will advocate for the placement of the hospital in that area.
IHS currently operates Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City. The tribes drafted a resolution for the city, which Allender will bring to Wednesday’s Legal and Finance meeting before the October 1st City Council Meeting.
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