In a letter addressed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and in a resolution passed by the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council, the Blackfeet Nation called for the removal of national and local Indian Health Service leaders.
Tribal leadership alleged that Indian Health Service (IHS) leaders avoided and disrespected the tribe and failed to support the tribe in improving health outcomes.
Specifically, the letter and resolution call for the removal of IHS Director Roselyn Tso, Billings Area Director Bryce Redgrave and Deputy Director Tanya Wofford, saying they “are tone deaf to the needs of the people” and “Blackfeet leadership has lost all confidence” in them.
Representatives from IHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Blackfeet Indian Health Service unit in Browning is the only IHS facility on a reservation in Montana that has an obstetric hospital.
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