Festering corruption and incompetence continue to plague the Indian Health Service's Aberdeen Area, which serves parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska, members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs were told this week.
Committee Chairman Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, (D-ND) who convened the Oversight Hearing on Aberdeen Area Review, said he launched the formal investigation into the Aberdeen area two months ago after "hearing about poor performance and mismanagement within the area" over the past five years.
The investigation identified:
"In one horrendous incident, a nurse was found to be assisting a C-section in such an impaired state that she couldn't even hold the patient's skin together for staples. This nurse kept her job," Dorgan said.