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Associated Press, Published June 30 2010

Senate committee investigating Indian Health Service facilities in ND, SD, Nebraska, Iowa

BISMARCK (AP) — The chairman of the Senate's Indian Affairs Committee says the group has launched an investigation into Indian Health Service facilities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

North Dakota Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan says the investigation is into alleged "mismanagement, malfeasance, retaliation against whistleblowers as well as potential criminal behavior" in the Aberdeen Area of the IHS.

There are 48 IHS facilities in the Aberdeen Area's four-state territory. Dorgan says the alleged problems have hurt health care for American Indians.

Dorgan says the IHS is cooperating with the committee and has launched its own investigation. But he says the Senate committee will use subpoenas if necessary.

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