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U.S. Senators want Indian Health Service to release report on patient abuse. Umatilla Tribes reopen Wildhorse casino after sanitizing due to coronavirus. FCC official visits Wind River Reservation to discuss rural broadband access.
"This is national native. News Amy on Tony Gonzalez Montana and other senators on the US. Senate committee on Indian Affairs have voiced their concerns over the Indian Health Service decision not to release a report examining the scope of child sexual abuse committed by one of its former doctors. Aaron Bolton has more Dr Stanley Weber was convicted of abusing young native boys on Montana's blank feet Indian reservation in twenty eighteen and more recently on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota last fall after the Wall Street Journal and frontline jointly reported on how. Ihs officials allegedly ignored signs of Weber's abuse. The agency commissioned to report to investigate the claims Montana. Public radio was denied. A copy of the report in early February. I said the report contained protected. Private Information Montana. Senators Steve Daines and John Tasker. Sit on the Indian Affairs Committee in took issue with what they call the agency's lack of transparency. Late last month in response I just said it would provide lawmakers with what it called an executive summary outlining broad findings and recommendations for National Native News. I'm Erin Bolton they you Mattila tribes at Wild Horse Casino in Oregon reopened Wednesday. It was closed for forty eight hours for a thorough cleaning. After employees of the casino was diagnosed with Krona virus and a statement tribal leadership said they reopened the facility after reviewing an inspection report from the tribes environment and safety and Health Departments Wednesdays Corona virus update from the tribal health center to the community states. There are no known positive cases of Corona virus on the Tiller reservation. The employee was being treated in Washington State Falling Mondays. Alert about the exposure. A tribal emergency command center was initiated as a response tribal leadership also closed schools and a senior center for cleaning and counseled tribal events for the week as a precaution as tribes across the country. Prepare for the corona virus. Us lawmakers Wednesday introduced more than eight billion dollar emergency spending package to tackle the corona virus in the US. According to the National Indian Health Board forty million dollars set aside specifically for tribes tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations. The House cleared the bill Wednesday. The National Indian Health Board is seeking assistance from tribes in assessing corona virus impacts in Indian country. Federal agencies are taking part in a national conference call Thursday to provide tribes updates on the corona virus. A federal official recently visited the wind river reservation to discuss it rural broadband access Wyoming Public Radio Savannah. Mar Reports Federal Communications Commission. Chairman Agit Pie met with northern Arapaho tribal leaders and representatives from the tribally owned company. Wind River Internet his visit came after the FCC awarded more than four million federal dollars to a broadband expansion project on the reservation. Pi said that when river internet which is carrying out that expansion is one of only a handful of tribally operated internet providers in the country. They're doing incredible work because they've got to work against odds. Some of the geographic demographic challenges I talked about the in many cases access to capitals limited. And so we're doing everything we can to help. Those tribally owned telecom companies data from the. Us Census Bureau shows that just over half of native people. Living on reservations have access to high speed Internet on Wind River. The number is closer to one third. The FCC's grant is expected to benefit around eight hundred homes on the reservation for National Native News. I'm Steve Anamar demand. Tony Gonzales.