Beginning Monday, January 11, 2016 the Fitness Center will have a new daily schedule, with certain hours to set aside for women and other hours set aside for men.  This is to encourage more women to utilize the facility.


8:00 – 12:30 CO-ED

12:30 – 2:00 WOMEN ONLY

2:00 – 3:30 MEN ONLY

3:30 – 7:00 CO-ED

New Crow/N. Cheyenne Hospital CEO meets with NCTBH Commissioners

NCTBH Commissioners & IHS Directors pictured above. Standing on the right is Commissioner Jenny Parker and on the left is NC IHS Director Debbie Bends. Seated from left to right is Commissioners Mark Wandering Medicine, Leon Sioux, Patricia Tallbull, and last on the right is Crow/N. Cheyenne IHS Hospital CEO Darren Crowe.

On November 10, 2015 the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Board of Health Commissioners and Tribal Health Manager L. Jace Killsback met with the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Indian Health Service Crow/Northern Cheyenne Hospital, Darren J. Crowe at the NCTBH offices in Lame Deer, Montana.  Also present was the N. Cheyenne Indian Health Service Unit Director Debbie Bends.

During the meeting with CEO Crowe, the NCTBH Commissioners announced their intention to pursue “638 Contracting” the Northern Cheyenne share of the healthcare funding of the Crow/Northern Cheyenne Hospital – to administer directly to tribal members on the N. Cheyenne Reservation.



State Reports 1st Case of West Nile Virus

Department of Public Health and Human Services
July 1, 2015
Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391
State reports first case of West Nile virus Agency offers prevention tips State and local health officials are encouraging Montanans take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection with West Nile virus (WNV). The state’s first human case has been reported in Rosebud County and reflects an early start to the season. The adult case was hospitalized and is now recovering. To prevent infection, advice includes wearing insect repellent when outdoors, removing standing water from around the home and wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible. It also serves as a reminder that horse owners should get their animals vaccinated and revaccinate annually. Summer is a prime time for exposure to mosquitos in Montana. Removing mosquito breeding areas and preventing mosquito bites are two ways to prevent being infected with West Nile virus. “The best way to prevent West Nile virus is to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites,” said DPHHS Director Richard Opper. “We encourage everyone to protect themselves while enjoying the outdoors this summer.”
Public health officials offer the following advice to avoid being bitten and encourage all Montanans to remember the 4 D’s of West Nile virus prevention to reduce their chances of becoming ill.
Dusk / Dawn – Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus usually bite at dusk and dawn. Limit outdoor activity during those times and if you must be outside protect yourself from bites.
Dress – Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
DEET – Cover exposed skin with a repellant containing the chemical DEET, which is most effective against mosquito bites.

Drain – Empty any containers holding standing water because they can be excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos through bites. Three to 14 days after being bitten by a mosquito that carries West Nile virus, about 1 in 5 of those infected will develop a low grade fever, headache and muscle aches lasting for three to six days. Generally, no treatment is needed. However, in less than 1 percent of infected people, serious, life-threatening symptoms develop including headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, tremors, convulsions, coma and paralysis. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their health-care provider immediately. Luckily, most infected people don’t develop symptoms and never knew that they were bitten by an infected mosquito. The number of West Nile virus human cases in Montana has been highly variable from year to year since it came to Montana in 2002. Over 200 cases were reported in 2003 and 2007 and none in 2010. In 2014, 5 cases were reported. “Scientists have not been able to predict the number of West Nile virus cases, so it is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites and eliminate breeding sites around your home,” said Christine Mulgrew, DPHHS WNV Program Manager. With over 90 percent of cases occurring in August and September, it is time to start actively preventing mosquito bites, she said.

For more information go to the DPHHS website at