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'Lives at risk': Indian Health Service hit with lawsuit over $1.8 million in disputed payments


December 23, 2019

A long-running dispute between the Indian Health Service and a county in Montana has escalated with a lawsuit and a prominent citizen of the Blackfeet Nation accusing the federal agency of putting the lives of his fellow people at risk.

According to Glacier County, the IHS has failed to pay for care provided to Blackfeet citizens despite promising to do so as far back as 2014. A complaint filed in federal court on Tuesday demands "no less than" $1.8 million from the federal agency, which has gone without a permanent leader for more than four years.


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