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Office of Environmental Health and Engineering

Mission

The mission of the Great Plains Area Office of Environmental Health and Engineering (OEHE) is: A caring motivated work group partnering with Tribes to provide healthier environments for every Tribal member.

We provide services to tribes in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.

Daniel Davis, PE Director
Phone: 605-226-7451


Division of Facilities Management

The Great Plains Area Indian Health Service (AAIHS) operates a comprehensive health delivery system for approximately 115,000 Indian people residing in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. The comprehensive health delivery system provides preventive, curative, rehabilitative, reparative, restorative, environmental, and inpatient health services. Nineteen Indian Tribes reside in the four state area of the AAIHS.

Comprehensive health services are provided through sixteen Federally operated Service Units and seven Tribal Service Units with the following facilities: Seven IHS hospitals, nine IHS health centers, one Youth treatment center, and seven Tribal compounds . IHS facilities have a total of 118 buildings with 1.2 million gross square footage (GSF) and 600 total staff quarters units.

The mission of the Great Plains Area Division of Facilities Management is to support the delivery of health care and preventative services to American Indians in the Great Plains Area and to safeguard interests in property. Without functional health care facilities, the efficient and effective delivery of preventative and curative services is not possible. The specific goal of the program is to ensure the optimum availability of functional, well maintained health care facilities and staff housing.

The Division of Facilities Management supports the operation of healthcare facilities to accomplish its ultimate goal: the delivery of health care. This Division is involved in the maintenance, repair, improvement, and augmentation of space to include:

  • Physical plant (buildings)
  • Utility Systems (exterior and interior)
  • Clinical Equipment (medical and often non-medical)
  • Grounds, Roads, and Parking Lots
  • Building Service Equipment Systems
  • Minimization of life-cycle costs through effective preventive maintenance
  • Planning, designing & constructing facility improvements to existing facilities
  • Construction of additional space to complement services
  • Targeting the unmet need with limited resources for maximum effectiveness
  • Ensuring that energy consumption is minimized through engineering design and responsible operation of building systems
  • Assessment of structure, utilities, and equipment
  • Design of drawings and specifications for repairs and improvements
  • Troubleshooting major component and system failures

The organization of these engineering related services contribute to the provision of a good physical environment for healing and patient care.


Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction

The Great Plains Area Sanitation Facilities Construction (SFC) Program is responsible for the delivery of environmental engineering services and sanitation facilities to American Indians in the Great Plains Area. The Great Plains Area SFC Program provides services to 18 federally recognized tribes located in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. It accomplishes its responsibilities through the allocation of available resources to District Offices located in Minot, ND; Pierre, SD; and Sioux City, IA.

The enactment of Public Law 86-121, in 1959, is a milestone in Indian health legislation and authorizes the creation of the SFC Program within the Indian Health Service (IHS). The SFC Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native homes and communities with essential water supply, sewage disposal, and solid waste disposal facilities. IHS environmental engineers plan, design, and manage most SFC projects.

The IHS mission is to raise the health status of the American Indian and Alaska Native people to the highest possible level by providing comprehensive health care and preventive health services. To support the IHS mission, the SFC Program provides technical and financial assistance to American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages for cooperative development and continued operation of safe water, wastewater, and solid waste systems and related support facilities.

Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction Contacts

Address Name Title Phone
Indian Health Service - OEHE Federal Building, Room 309
115 4th Ave. SE Aberdeen, SD 57401
Brent Rohlfs Director, DSFC 605-226-7600
Indian Health Service - OEHE Minot District Office
2050 36th Ave. SW, Suite 102
Highlander Building B, Minot, ND 58701
Neil Austin District Engineer 701-852-0250
Belcourt PHS Indian Hospital Belcourt Field Office
PO Box 160 Belcourt, ND 58316-0160
Kris Neset Tribal Utility Consultant 701-477-8524
Indian Health Service - OEHE Mobridge Field Office 1st Professional Plaza
W. Hwy 12, PO Box 159 Mobridge, SD 57601-0159
Cody Wolff Sr. Field Engineer 605-845-7254
Indian Health Service - OEHE Pierre District Office
420 S. Garfield, Suite 200 Pierre, SD 57501-5408
Mike Boland District Engineer 605-224-1644
Indian Health Service - OEHE Martin Field Office
304 1st Ave, PO Box F Martin, SD 57551-0150
James Begeman Sr. Environmental Engineer 605-685-6561
Indian Health Service - OEHE Sioux City District Office
320 6th ST, Room 212 Box 19 Sioux City, IA 51101-1214
Dave Johnson District Engineer 712-252-3988
Sisseton PHS Indian Hospital OEHE - Sisseton Field Office
100 Lake Traverse Dr., Sisseton, SD 57262
Ross Hanson Sr. Environmental Engineer 605-742-3877
Rosebud PHS Indian Hospital OEHE - Rosebud Field Office
400 Solider Creek Road, Rosebud, SD 57570
Michael Wandersee Sr. Field Engineer 605-747-3267
Cheyenne River Healthcare Center - OEHE Field Office
24276 166th St, Airport Rd, PO Box 1012 Eagle Butte 57625
Frank Gambardella Field Engineer 605-964-0599

Environmental Health Services

The Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) is one of 3 programs that make up the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering for the Great Plains Area, Indian Health Service, Office of Public Health.

DEHS is comprised of Sanitarians, Environmental Health Specialists, Environmental Health Technicians, Institutional Environmental Health Officers, Injury Prevention Specialists & support staff. The DEHS leadership and staff provide environmental health consultation to The American Indian tribal governments and Indian Health Service programs within the Great Plains Area (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa).

DEHS provides a wide variety of public health services and is divided into 3 program areas: General Environmental Health, Community Injury Prevention, and Institutional Environmental Health.

Director DEHS

CAPT Christopher W. Allen, MS, REHS
Director Division of Environmental Health Services & Area Injury Prevention Coordinator
Great Plains Area OEH&E
115 4th AVE SE
Room 309, Federal Building
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: 605-226-7597

Institutional Environmental Health

CAPT Aubrey C. Smelley, MSEH, DAAS, HEM, CRPS-III
Great Plains Area Institutional Environmental Health Officer
Office of Health Programs
115 4th AVE SE
Office of Health Programs
Room 309, Federal Building
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: 605-226-7605

Pierre District Office

Terrold Menzie, BS, REHS
District Environmental Health Specialist
Pierre District Office
420 S. Garfield, Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-945-5428

Services for the following:
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Environmental Health Program
  • Pine Ridge Service Unit Environmental Health Program
  • Fort Thompson Service Unit Environmental Health Program
  • Lower Brule Service Unit Environmental Health Program
  • Also providing coverage for 6 Service Units in the Sioux City District during period of staff vacancy.

Sioux City District Office

(Vacant)
District Environmental Health Specialist 320 6th Street
Sioux City District Office, OEH&E
Room 212, Box 19
Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: 712-113-0006
Main Office Line - 712-252-3988

Services for the following:
  • Winnebago Tribal Environmental Health Program
  • Omaha Tribal Environmental Health Program
  • Santee Tribal Environmental Health Program
  • Rosebud Service Unit Environmental Health Program
  • Wagner Service Unit Environmental Health Program
  • Sisseton Service Unit Environmental Health Program
  • Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Health Care Center
  • Flandreau Service Unit Sanitarian

Minot District

Tim Wildcat, BS, REHS
District Environmental Health Specialist
Great Plains Area - OEH&E
115 4th AVE SE
Room 309, Federal Building
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: 605-226-7453

Services for the following:
  • Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Environmental Health Program
  • Three Affiliated Tribes Environmental Health Program
  • Trenton Tribal Environmental Health Program
  • Spirit Lake Health Administration - Environmental Health Program
  • Standing Rock Tribal Environmental Health Program
  • Also providing coverage for 2 Service Units in the Sioux City District (Rosebud & Sisseton) during staff vacancy.