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CHEYENNE AND ARAPAHO TRIBES COMPLETE SALE OF GEARY COMMUNITY NURSING HOME

JULY 30, 2014 – CONCHO, OK – The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes announced Wednesday that the Geary Community Nursing Home has been acquired for $400,000 by Tony Maldonado and Vicki Myers. The sale of the 67-bed facility followed careful thought about the future of the facility and its residents.


“When the Lt. Governor and I took office seven months ago, we began looking at ways to stop the Tribes’ financial bleeding,” stated Eddie Hamilton, Governor of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes. “Our decision to sell the nursing center came after discovering years of financial loss. The Tribes have been infusing millions of dollars into the Geary facility to cover salaries and operation. We sought out a responsible and respectable entity to ensure the well-being of the facility’s residents, many of whom are tribal Elders. We found a great fit with Tony and Vicki who have excellent reputations in the healthcare industry.”

The Geary Nursing Home expenditures during former Governor Darrell Flyingman’s Administration were approximately $4.7 million. During former Governor Janice Boswell’s Administration, more than $1.7 million was spent.Of the $1.7 million spent during the Boswell Administration $573,000 was paid out on a settlement to a contracting company for non-payment owed during Flyingman’s Administration.
Maldonado and Myers own First Choice Home Medical, Inc.. Maldonado has been in healthcare for 20 years and Myers has 31 years experience as a registered nurse.
Maldonado stated, “It is a passion of mine to provide services for Native Americans, specifically our elders.”
Maldonado is a member of the Kaw Nation and is part Cheyenne. His business partner and co-founder of Russell Murray Hospice in El Reno, Vicki Myers said, “We understand quality care. Our intent is to keep the Geary Community Nursing Home part of the community and provide a high level of care for the patients.”




On May 30, 2014, the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA) issued a decision to uphold the funding of nine ISDA contracts for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, which include, BIA Higher Education/Scholarship Program, Job Placement and Training Program, Tribal Court Program, Social Services Program, Johnson O’Malley Program, Aid to Tribal Government (Enrollment) Program, Emergency Youth Shelter Program, Indian Child Welfare Program and Adult Education Program.
The decision reads in part, “The Regional Director concluded that in order to unilaterally modify the contracts and fund them through the modification, he did not need to make a tribal government recognition decision, i.e., he did not need to determine whom to recognize as the current political leadership of the Tribe … “

This decision by the IBIA specifically addresses only the nine ISDA contracts for the programs listed above. The decision regarding recognition of Tribal leadership is still pending.

The complete decision by the IBIA is posted for your review.

IBIA Order May 30, 2014


We have some good news to share. Despite initial thoughts that federal PL638 funds would not be released to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, we were notified earlier this month that the funds would in fact be released to our administration due to the stability of day-to-day operations.

These funds directly benefit tribal members by providing services in higher education, adult education, Indian child welfare, social services and more.

We thank the BIA for releasing the funds of the 638 contracts on behalf of our tribal members, and we appreciate Deputy Regional Director of Indian Services Terry Bruner’s support in the matter.

Our tribal members are our top priority and we look forward to a better working relationship with the BIA from this point forward.

If our administration can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

Decision Notice February 12, 2014


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