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Va'ohtama: Welcome from the Northern Cheyenne Service Unit

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Northern Cheyenne Service Unit Indian Health Service has provided health care at the Northern Cheyenne Reservation since 1955. Initially services were shared by both the Crow and Northern Cheyenne. The Northern Cheyenne Service Unit is a beautiful, modern ambulatory care facility in Southeastern Montana that offers outpatient care as well as 24 hour urgent care to approximately 6300 enrolled patients. We have 5 family physicians, a pediatrician and two nurse practitioners that staff our ambulatory and urgent care facilities. Weekends and major holidays are covered by locum tenens. Services also provided include Optometry, Dental, Physical Therapy and Behavioral Health with a full service lab and radiology open during clinic hours. In addition, we have expanded hours of operation with clinic and ancillary services open until 7:00 pm.

Our facility is located in Lame Deer, a small community surrounded by pine covered hills. For the outdoor enthusiasts, there are numerous places to hike, mountain bike, or fish on the reservation. Custer National Forest is adjacent to the reservation for outdoor activities as well as hunting. Colstrip, a small community 20 minutes from the reservation has national recognition as an outstanding place to live and work. Billings, the largest city in Montana is less than 2 hours away and offers big city amenities.

We take great pride in delivering compassionate care to our patients. Respecting that our Native patients still embrace their native culture allows for a better patient-provider relationship. When the new clinic was built, a Healing Room for traditional ceremonies was included in the plans. The service unit is about 63,000 square feet and includes a staff of over 100 to help serve those needs. We have fully embraced the Electronic Health Record. We are pro-active with an enthusiastic and dedicated administrative and clinical staff that continually seeks to improve the delivery of health care. The Northern Cheyenne Service Unit is accredited by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). We invite you to take a look at our facility and meet our staff at your earliest convenience.

Mission Statement

The Northern Cheyenne Service Unit, in partnership with the Northern Cheyenne Community, strives to raise their physical, mental, social and spiritual health to the highest level using the principles of “the patient comes first” with a focus on health care and health promotion, in a culturally sensitive manner while empowering the individual.

Contact Information

Lame Deer Health Center
P.O. Box 70
Lame Deer, Montana 59043
Main: (406) 477-4400
Fax: (406) 477-4427

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Services Offered

inside Northern Cheyenne Service Unit
  • Outpatient Ambulatory Care
    • 8:00 am to newly expanded service to 7:00 pm
  • Urgent Care
    • 24 hour care
    • Weekend urgent care staffed by locum tenens
  • Optometry
  • Dental
  • Behavioral Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Full service lab and radiology during clinic hours
  • Specialty Clinics – Monthly to twice a month
    • ENT
    • Orthopedic
    • Podiatry
    • Oral Dental Surgeon
    • OB/GYN
    • Nephrology
  • Community Health Nursing
    • Immunizations
    • Communicable disease prevention
    • Communicable disease education
    • Wound care
    • Pregnancy testing
    • Counseling on birth control
    • Pregnancy alternatives
    • Home visits
    • Pregnancy education and classes for breathing and relaxation for women
  • Electronic Health Record
  • Risk Management
  • Contract Health Services
    • Assists patients with setting up medical appointments with physicians and other hospitals.

    Government housing is available. The purpose of having Government Housing is to allow Indian Health Service to accomplish its mission of providing health care for the Northern Cheyenne people on a 24 hour per day basis. Thus, it is necessary to house staff members who are subject to recall and critical to the function of the clinic. Private housing is also available in the nearby towns of Colstrip and Ashland.

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    Community Information

    Northern Cheyenne community health center Although the Cheyenne are proud of preserving their culture and language, virtually all tribal members primarily speak English.

    The reservation and surrounding areas are an outdoorsman’s delight. Hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife photography, caving, canoeing, rafting, snowmobiling, skiing, boating, and camping

    A wide variety of wildlife makes its home here; the tribe even maintains a herd of bison. Being located roughly midway between Yellowstone Park and the Black Hills makes Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower, the Crazy Horse Memorial and Old Faithful easily accessible.

    The Northern Cheyenne host three major powwows each year. One in Lame Deer around the 4th of July, one Labor Day in Ashland, and the third is in Busby over the Christmas holiday. Powwows, rodeos, state and county fairs, as well as a variety of athletic events help fill your time.

    St. Labre Indian School in Ashland (20 miles away)
    Phone: 406-784-4500
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    Colstrip Public Schools (20 miles away)
    Phone: 406-748-4699
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    Lame Deer Public Schools
    Phone: 406-477-6308
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    Tribal College
    Chief Dull Knife College
    Phone: 406-477-6215
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    People and Places to Know

    Indian Health Service
    Debby Bends, CEO Phone: 406-477-4410
    Vivian Swallow, Administrative Officer/Housing Officer Phone: 406-477-4402

    Myrna Small, Business Office Phone: 406-477-4403
    Dr. Rosaline Begay, Chief Medical Officer Phone: 406-477-6414
    Destinie Doney, Credentialing Coordinator Phone: 406-477-4451 Fax: 406-477-8657

    Postal Service:
    Postmaster, Lame Deer, MT 59043 Phone: 406-477-6707

    Telephone Service:
    Range Telephone Cooperative 1-800-927-2643

    Additional Location Services [PDF - 221KB]

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    Northern Cheyenne Tribe Website

    The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation is located in present-day southeastern Montana, and is approximately 444,000 acres in size with 99% tribal ownership. We have approximately 9,194 enrolled tribal members with about 4,135 residing on the reservation.

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