Tribal chairman Raymond "Jake" Parker told visiting Sen.
"We're trying to look at creative ways to come up with more money," Parker
told the Montana Democrat.
"We're going to be coming to you for a lot of help."
Heavy rain in June washed out roads, wiped out water lines and flooded about 250 of the tribe's 900 homes.
For weeks, the entire reservation was without running water.
The Rocky Boy Health Care Center
was destroyed when a hillside shifted and made the structure unstable.
The Great Falls Tribune
reported the tribe estimates constructing a new clinic will take three years and cost $18 million.
said it was a 100-year storm, something the tribe couldn't have prepared for and may never see again.
said the tribe would like the new clinic, which will be located near Stone Child College
, to be 90,000 square feet, or about 50 percent larger than the previous one.
That's where he's
seeking help from Baucus and Montana's delegation.
believes the tribe can build the clinic for the $18 million FEMA
allocated for the project, but federal rules limit the tribe from constructing anything larger than what is being replaced.
The tribe still owes $4 million on the now unusable clinic, which was constructed for $12 million in 2004.
hopes the federal government will take over that debt and clear the way for the new, larger center.