RAPID CITY – The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board is excited to welcome new members to the Mni Luzahan Wicozani Advisory Committee.
In May 2018, the Unified Health Board assembled tribally elected leaders and community members to help create a new vision for healthcare for tribal citizens living in Rapid City.
To reflect the combined representation of elected tribal officials and community members, the Unified Health Board became the Mni Luzahan Wicozani Advisory Committee. The advisory committee serves as a bridge between the community and the Oyate Health Center. While the work of the advisory committee has remained steady, the deaths of two critical visionaries in Sharon Lizotte and Randy Ross, left two openings to the committee.
After an exhaustive search and interview process, the existing advisory committee members invited two new community members Amy Sazue and Bre Jackson, to join the Mni Luzahan Wicozani Advisory Committee. Both are Rapid City residents, who use the Oyate Health Center as their primary care provider. They serve alongside elected tribal officials from the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as well as existing representatives Richard Boyd and Eric Bringswhite.
“We will never be able to replace what Randy and Sharon brought to our organization. Their contributions and commitment to improving healthcare for their fellow tribal citizens were genuine and inspiring,” said GPTCHB CEO Jerilyn Church. “We will continue to push onward with our work, and we know that the new board members are capable of taking on this challenge,” she added.