A bill authorizing the operation of a nursing home facility in Eagle Butte has passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Monday and will advance to the full Senate chamber.
The State Legislature initially approved the nursing home on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in 2003, but that bill’s approval ran out because the legislation contained a sunset clause.
Medicine Wheel Village is already operating an assisted living center. Senate Bill 57 would allow the center to open a 50-bed nursing home at the location, said administrator Kim Clown. Clown said the nearest nursing home is 90 miles away in any direction, and the opening will allow tribal members who need the services to remain on the reservation.
Senate Bill 57 contains an emergency clause, which allows it to immediately take effect upon signing but requires a 2/3 vote from both chambers for passage.