Official opposes delay of Indian Health Service director

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Sioux Falls, SD - A tribal official says congressional delay in approving a new Indian Health Service director could create more problems at hospitals that are already in dangerous conditions.

It's been two months since President Donald Trump nominated Quapaw tribal member Robert Weaver to the job. The agency has been without a permanent leader for almost two years and four interim directors have come and gone since 2015.

Oliver J. Semans Sr., a member of the Rosebud Tribal Health Board, tells the Argus Leader that confirmation should be a priority. He says tribal members are asking the agency to allow the nomination process to proceed.

Semans says the new director should then talk to tribes about how to move forward.