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President of Rosebud Sioux Tribe urges lawmakers to expand medicaid

The president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe on Thursday urged South Dakota lawmakers to expand Medicaid and work with tribal officials to fight the opioid and methamphetamine epidemic. President Rodney Bordeaux gave the fourth State of the Tribes message, asking legislators and Gov. Kristi Noem to promote higher education tuition waivers for Native American students and to make the availability of mental health services in rural areas and reservations a priority: (dl 185)




He referenced a period of time during his second term as President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe when the suicide rate spiked dramatically: (dl 186)





He also recommended a government-to-government summit on meth and opioids. He says "The epidemic is depriving children of their parents, families of their relatives,  and communities of their neighbors".