Public meeting for new IHS hospital planned

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Now that the Rapid City Common Council has thrown its support behind a new Indian Health Services hospital, some residents have raised concerns about community participation.

Three South Dakota tribes are working to build a new hospital on a donated plot of land near Western Dakota Technical Institute, which could potentially replace Sioux San.

Sioux SanSome residents, like Charmaine White Face, expressed frustration that the process was not open.

“The Rapid City Native American community was not asked about this,” said White Face. “Do we want this to happen? It was the Native American community that got that as a general health clinic hospital 50 years ago.”

A public meeting has been planned for Thursday in Rapid City at 5 p.m. at the Mother Butler Community Center. People will be able to ask questions of Sioux San and Great Plains Tribal Chairman Health Board leadership. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring food for a potluck dinner.

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