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A Mother’s Death In Tribal Jail Highlights Need For Medical Care On Site

Keith Skunkcap stands for a portrait outside his home in Cutbank, Montana, on April 25, 2021.
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Keith Skunkcap stands for a portrait outside his home in Cutbank, Montana, on April 25, 2021.

The National Congress of American Indians has urged the federal government to place medical personnel in its tribal jails, arguing that the current situation "exacerbates the already challenging problem of health disparities for American Indians."

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Nate Hegyi is a reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau based at Yellowstone Public Radio. He earned an M.A. in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism in 2016 and interned at NPR’s Morning Edition in 2014. In a prior life, he toured around the country in a band, lived in Texas for a spell, and once tried unsuccessfully to fly fish. You can reach Nate at nate@ypradio.org.