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Stafne Asks Tester For A Tribal Set-Aside Fund For Crime Victims

After hearing directly from tribal leaders last week, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., voiced his support for improving victim services in Native American communities.
Fort Peck Tribes chairman A.T. “Rusty” Stafne asked Tester during a committee meeting in Washington, D.C., to consider establishing a tribal set-aside from the Crime Victims Fund. Tribes then could access these resources to increase assistance for survivors of violent crimes, crime prevention and crime prosecution in Indian Country.
“Too often federal resources don’t get to the ground in Indian Country. This fund will provide a reliable stream of resources for my tribe and many others,” Stafne said. “Senator Tester has been a strong partner for Indian Country and I thank him for his commitment to increasing safety resources for Native American families.”
“Current public safety resources in Indian Country don’t exist, are often fleeting, or are anchored to temporary grant funding,” said Tester, who is vice-chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. “This set-aside fund will provide important resources in creating safer communities in Indian Country.”
Tester committed to working with Chairman John Barrasso and other members of the Indian Affairs Committee on legislation that will create a designated stream of funding for Native American communities.
The Crime Victims Fund pays for itself by collecting criminal fines, forfeited appearance bonds, penalties, special assessments, gifts and donations. Currently, every state in the country has access to a set-aside fund from the Crime Victims Fund, but these state funds rarely reach Native American communities.
Building on the federal government’s treaty and trust responsibility, Tribal leaders suggested creating a 10 percent set-aside fund from the Crime Victims Fund for Indian Country, which would be just over $230 million annually.

RMC Guild Remembered

In the late 1940s or early 1950s, Roosevelt Memorial Hospital started a guild which met once a week at the hospital for coffee, desserts, to mend bed sheets, sew blankets and fix whatever else needed a stitch or two.
This guild decided to do a community birthday calendar as a fundraiser for different projects at the hospital.  Sixty-two years later, the calendar is still being published even though the hospital guild is no longer active.
Diane Hampton, the main person responsible for the calendar’s continued existence for the past several years, said the majority of the money raised from the calendar goes to the RMC Foundation which received $1,000 last year. Other local organizations receiving monies last year were the Culbertson Foundation, the Culbertson Museum, Women’s Club, the Saddle Club and the Culbertson Baseball Association in the amount of $250 per organization.
The Culbertson Lions Club received $200 for the cemetery and the Cottonwood Club was given $150 for the Easter Egg Hunt.  RMC also received $147 dollars for activities for their residents. The calendars have arrived for the 2015-2016 year. This calendar has a list of meeting dates for most of the town organizations, many school activities, minus basketball and spring sports, school holidays, birthdays and anniversaries of those who have wished to share that information with the community. Since the calendar starts July 1 and ends June 30, it covers the whole school year.
The local business advertising on the cover is a great way to have their phone numbers and locations handy when you need their services.
There are a few extra calendars still available. You can get yours at First Community Bank or the Richland Federal Credit Union. Contact Diane Hampton at 790-0213 or 787-5306 if you haven’t received your paid calendar yet.

Roosevelt County Jail Roster For June 18, 2015

(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding.)
As of Monday, June 15, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, June 8, and Monday, June 15:
•Tyler Bostick, 22, Lustre, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked. Bonded out;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jeffery Christoffersen, 61, Froid, driving under the influence, bonded out;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer and resisting arrest;
•Cody Green, 19, Indianapolis, Ind.; criminal contempt;
•Amelia Hackman, 32, Scobey, contempt of court from Sheridan and Daniels counties;
•Aimee Jacobs, 38, St. Ignasius, warrant for probation and parole violation;
•Randy Knoble, 37, Froid, driving under the influence, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, speeding, exceeding night limit;   
•Nicodemus Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D.; criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out of county warrant;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•John Mincey, 47, Poplar, theft, first offense;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
•Zachery Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out of county warrant;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation.
•Dhara Zinke, 23,
Kalispell, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, first offense;
•Zach Zilkoski, 23, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, bonded out.

Roosevelt Medical Center Receives Trauma Re-Designation

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Callie Hendrickson, a certified nurse’s aide, (left) and Kyla Traeger, trauma coordinator for Roosevelt Medical Center, are pictured with the certificate RMC received re-designating the facility as a trauma receiving hospital.  (Photo by Jaimee Green)

Roosevelt Medical Center recently received its’ re-designation as a trauma receiving facility from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Emergency and Trauma System, in Helena.
Staff of RMC voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Montana’s statewide trauma system. The process included an outside review of the hospital’s emergency room resources and capabilities to care for a trauma patient. They also participate in a continuous, performance improvement process.
“Our only motivation is improving patient care. It’s about us constantly raising the bar and getting better so that the patient has the best possible chances for a positive outcome. We live in Frontier America, and we serve our community on the front-lines of patient care. We have to have those life-saving skills. There’s no other option,” RMC Trauma and Disaster Coordinator Kyla Traeger said.
This designation helps ensure RMC staff is trained to assist patients suffering from traumatic injuries that can include head injuries, burns, penetrating injuries and pelvis fractures.
“For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving emergency care is the most important predictor of survival. A trauma system enhances the chances for survival regardless of proximity to a larger hospital. Best practices standards guide each stage of trauma care to ensure those patients are promptly transported to and treated at facilities appropriately prepared and equipped to care for the severity of their injuries,” RMC EMS director Teresa Moore said.
The hospital received its’ first three-year designation in 2008 and then again in 2011 and 2014. They received notification of their qualifying status last week.  
“The performance improvement process we operate guides us toward addressing issues we need to improve to better the quality of care. The process is ongoing and we are always looking for ways to enhance and further develop our trauma care capabilities. This includes continual review of policies and procedures and maintaining and updating our medical equipment,” Moore said.
Even after the designation is received, RMC continually trains and prepares for the next trauma patient, further developing their trauma education and skills.
“Our staff are excited about continuing to develop our trauma services while being part of a statewide effort to treat patients with traumatic injuries to the very best of our ability,” Traeger said.
Currently, Dr. Don Helland serves as the trauma medical director.

Culbertson Hosts Frontier Days

The 53rd annual Culbertson Frontier Days rodeo will be this Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, in the Culbertson Saddle Club Arena.
There will be a parade downtown on Saturday at noon, a street dance night Friday night at Montana Bar and a barn dance at the Saddle Club grounds Saturday night.
Rodeo performances are scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
The estimated purse is $18,000.
Contact Luke Anderson for additional rodeo information at 787-5860.