Rep. Kristi Noem today applauded the introduction of the FY2017 Interior and Environment appropriations bill, which – after collaborating with Noem – includes targeted support for Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities in crisis. Additionally, the legislation prevents the administration from closing hatcheries, such as the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery.  The proposal also keeps public lands open to hunting and recreational shooting and offers resources targeted to wildfire suppression.

“The added funding will not solve IHS’s deep-rooted problems, but I’m hopeful it will help as we work to put real reforms in place,” said Noem.  “We need to fundamentally change how this agency is run and how it delivers care, which I’m proud to begin addressing with my upcoming legislation. Nonetheless, I’m grateful to the committee for reflecting my concerns and making support for IHS a priority.”

“Rep. Noem has been relentless in working with this committee to ensure necessary resources were made available to help address the health care emergency in tribal communities,” said Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert, the bill’s sponsor. “Her guidance throughout this process has been very much appreciated and we’re hopeful we can continue working with her until this crisis is resolved.”

The current proposal offers an increase for IHS of $271 million over FY2016 levels.  Included in the proposal is $6 million to support facilities facing accreditation emergencies, like those at the Rosebud, Pine Ridge, and Sioux San hospitals.  This figure triples what was enacted in FY2016.

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