By James MacPherson
Bismarck, North Dakota (AP)

Allowing non-American Indians to pay for the use of a new hospital planned for the Fort Berthold Reservation would help fund the facility and provide a service for northwest North Dakota residents, the chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes says.

“The main goal is to be self-supporting,” said Marcus Levings, tribal chairman. “It’s in the community’s best interest to make it a business and it gives non-Natives the alternative of having to go to Minot or Bismarck.”