During the September 14th Select Committee Tribal Relations Meeting, Northern Arapaho Business Council (NABC) Chairman Lee Spoonhunter made allegations that Tribal Members were turned away from medical services in Riverton, and then loaded in the back of a truck and taken to the “transient camp” in Arapahoe.
“With this pandemic comes the good, the bad and the ugly,” Spoonhunter said following a question about how they were met at the beginning of the pandemic.
Riverton SageWest turned away Tribal Members in fear of coronavirus, according to Spoonhunter. “Our Tribal Members were put on the back of Sheriff trucks straight from the hospital out to the transient camp, and they became care of the Wind River Health Clinic.”
Today, September 16th, Fremont County Sheriff Ryan Lee released a statement saying, “Mr. Spoonhunter’s statement is completely false and without any merit whatsoever. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office did not, would not, and has not transported any Fremont County Citizen in the back of a pick-up truck.”
The complete statement from Fremont County Sheriff Ryan Lee can be read by clicking here.
SageWest Health Care also released a statement to County 10 today, September 16th, saying, “The information recently presented by Chairman Lee Spoonhunter is false and without merit. SageWest Health Care follows all appropriate regulatory and compliance guidelines for patients seeking care at our facility.”
The complete statement from SageWest Health Care can be read by clicking here.
The recording of the September 14th Select Committee on Tribal Relations Meeting where these allegations were made has been shared below and begins at 1:43.