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Pueblo sues feds over hospital service


January 29, 2021

A pueblo in New Mexico fighting to keep its Indian Health Service facility fully operational has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Acoma Pueblo has sued the federal agency that oversees the Indian Health Service weeks after its leader accused the service of shuttering key hospital services without meaningful consultation.

The lawsuit accuses the department of “failing to abide by federal law” and “refusing to take advantage of existing funding in millions of dollars” in pandemic relief money to fund Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna Service Unit, according to a news release. The hospital sits on the northern edge of the pueblo, near Interstate 40 and about 40 miles west of Albuquerque.


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