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PABLO, MONTANA 59855 ISSN: 0528-8592 Property Of Salish Kootenai Community College Fobìe uicma C h a r - K ç o s t a 9 f e i v s Ä neufs p u b lica tio n o f the S a iish an d ‘K o o te n a i ‘Tribes o f the f la t h e a d In d ia n 1 R é s e rvation ‘Pabia, M o n ta n a THE MONTH OF CELEBRATION DANCES JU L Y 1 1 , 1985 VOLUM E 14 NUMBER 5 Action on IHS-THD contract delayed while public meetings convene The Tribal Council decided at its regular meeting June 25 to hold off taking final action on a proposal to take over five Indian Health Service postions so the Tribal public could become more informed about the issue. At issue is whether or not the Tribal Health Department should take under s o O O • vO -J 00 -1 O' O in u *-< < z W ♦- o o X O 2L C\J X o • O’) >-< Z M < -J X Z < o o if) en oc its wing two community health nurse positions, a clinical psychologist a medical social worker and a secre tary. The decision to wait resulted from a request by a number of people who expressed feat at an expected loss of services. At the June 25 meeting, and a district meeting in Poison June 13, it was explained that the proposals purpose was to improve health care by putting related services under one director. The Tribes already contracts three other community health nurses and two mental health workers. Contrac ting the five related positions still under IHS management would con solidate the services under one de partment, according to THD director Doreen Vallee, and would increase rather than decrease services to the Tribal people Some people expressed doubts that the Tribes should take on another contract, pointing out that other contracted programs, such as law enforcement and social services, have cost the Tribes extra money. Kevin Howlett, Arlee Council repre sentative and a component super visor at THD, acknowledged the fact, and blamed the administration for not fighting hard enough for the federal grant dollars. However, none of the THD-managed contracts have cost the Tribes any money, he said The proposal doesn’t add a new department, he pointed out, but adds to what already exists, based on what the Tribal people say they need in the way of non-hospital health care. The Tribes doesn’t intend to get into the hospital or clinic business, he said Vallee added that the proposal to contract the five positions wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision, but was based on a number of instances where people didn’t seem to be getting the best of health care from the IHS. She declined to be more (Continues on page 3)