Indian Health Service care criticized as 'genocidal' despite improvement efforts
Dr. Lynelle Noisy Hawk became clinical director of Crow-Northern Cheyenne Hospital almost two years ago, but some boxes still sit full on her office floor. She’s just not had time to unpack them.
“It’s tough,” she said. “Some days you’re like, ‘Why do I do this?’ because it gets so stressful.”
Health care jobs are tough anywhere, but Indian Country providers face unique financial, bureaucratic and community health challenges that add up to one stark fact: Native Americans, on average, live 20 years less than other Montanans.