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"This ain't Burger King"

Oglala Sioux Tribe Ambulance Service told they can't have it their way


September 1, 2021

Photo: Oglala Sioux Tribe Ambulance Service

PINE RIDGE - Last week, Oglala Sioux Tribe Ambulance Service (OSTAS) employees issued a statement via a live Facebook video. The video was posted at 1:54 PM on August 17 and shows a group of uniformed staff standing together, with one staff member reading a statement:

"For too long, our true frontline workers, the ambulance service, has been disregarded by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and been operating under abhorrent conditions," the employees stated. "The tribal council has been presented with a list of 15 ways necessary to better the working conditions at Oglala Sioux Tribe Ambulance Service. Everyday Oglala Sioux Tribe Ambulance Service employees put their lives and well-being at risk for the betterment of the 1000s of lives across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation."

"If a show of change hasn't been presented by midnight, Friday August 20th, 2021, the OSTAS employees will be initiating a walkout," the statement continued. "The Oglala Sioux Tribe took an oath of office to protect the general health of the people. And now is the time to honor that oath."


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