Oglala Sioux Tribe Ambulance workers’ job status unclear

The OST workers threatened in August to walk out if a list of 15 items they deemed essential were not met.

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — Ambulance workers for the Oglala Sioux Tribe Ambulance Service think they’re out of a job, but claim no one has given them official word.

The OST workers threatened in August to walk out if a list of 15 items they deemed essential were not met. They say they worked past the deadline for two weeks trying to work with the tribe and felt change was in the works.

But this past Saturday, OST President Kevin Killer stated in a Facebook post, that the Indian Health Service had resumed operations of the ambulance service unlawfully.

Killer said this action came during ongoing negotiations to provide nearly one million dollars for the emergency program.

But, the possibly former members of the ambulance service say they’re not sure what’s going on, again they’ve received no official notification of their job status.

“It’s really disheartening to see, like our council kind of treating the these employees like this, like these employees who have given so much of themselves to this community who have worked diligently to take care of our people like and we haven’t even been officially notified of anything,” said Santianna Yellow Horse, an EMT with the OSTAS.

NewsCenter1 has reached out to OST and has yet to hear back.

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