Native News Project 2017 | University of Montana

Care at Capacity: Crow Tribe revives long-term care but faces roadblocks

When TroyLnn Shotgunn was 48 years old, she decided to give the nursing home a try. It was more than a decade after rheumatoid arthritis forced her to leave her teaching job. Managing her health at her home had proven too difficult. Four times that year, Shotgunn ended up in the emergency room, immobilized and in pain while her medication lay forgotten in a drawer. The second time, a doctor — recognizing a pattern — told her she might as well put a gun to her head.