Absentee Shawnee Tribe set to open health clinic next year

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is building a 76,000-square-foot health clinic.

The $26 million facility will serve members of federally recognized tribes. It's scheduled to open in March 2012.

“The need for this is tremendous,” Tim Tall Chief, the executive director of Absentee Shawnee health services, told The Oklahoman.

The clinic will replace a "little bitty clinic" that serves the tribe, Tall Chief said.

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