Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed
Here is the latest update on Vern Traversie's situation. Chase Iron Eyes, a lawyer for Vern Traversie, filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in South Dakota against Rapid City Regional Hospital, its board of directors, physicians and TRS Surg Assist Inc. The lawsuit alleges a civil rights violation and it seeks a jury trial and damages.
Also, in early June, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley met with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council and community members. He took testimony from anyone with information pertaining to the case, as well as other complaints about RC Regional Hospital and their treatment of Native patients. He assured the Council and attendees that an investigation is underway. Jackley has said that his office would release information in the “near future” about its investigation.
Be reminded that 9,440 petitions, including yours, have gone to SD Attorney General Marty Jackley. These small steps are big victories toward justice for Vern!