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DISASTER DECLARED ON THE CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX INDIAN RESERVATION IN SOUTH DAKOTA

by Larry Smith Tuesday, Feb. 02, 2010 at 3:05 AM
burnt.swamp@verizon.net

January 28, 2010 Severe Ice Storms and Freezing Temperatures Have Knocked Down 3,000 Utility Poles – Tribal Residents Have Been Without Electricity, Heat and Running Water for Six Days.

For Immediate Release:

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Incident Command System

For further information:

Joe Brings Plenty, Tribal Chairman (605) 964-4155

Leo Fischer, Tri-County/Mni Waste Water System (605) 365-6940

Natalie Stites, Public Information Officer, Incident Command System

(715) 896-0158, Natalie.stites@gmail.com

January 28, 2010

Severe Ice Storms and Freezing Temperatures Have Knocked Down 3,000 Utility Poles – Tribal Residents Have Been Without Electricity, Heat and Running Water for Six Days.

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – The Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has declared a State of Emergency in central South Dakota, an Indian reservation approximately the size of Connecticut with nearly 15,000 Tribal members. The Tribe is still awaiting Presidential disaster declaration.

Days of ice storms and strong winds have downed over 3,000 utility poles across the reservation. Thousands of already impoverished tribal residents have been without electricity or heat for five days, with wind chill factors well below zero. Experts estimate it may be as long as a month before all areas have electricity restored.

“Making matters worse,” said Tribal Chairman Joe Brings Plenty, “the loss of electricity has also knocked out the Reservation s aging water system. We have no running water on the entire Reservation, it is also affecting of Reservation communities such as Faith, whose water is supplied from pipes running through the Reservation.”

The Tribe is working hard to bring families in, out of the cold and into shelters. The South Dakota National Guard, The State s Department of Public Safety as well as the Army Corps of Engineers have come to the reservation and supplied some emergency generators. The Tribe would especially like to thank Wal-Mart for providing emergency food and supplies, and the Navajo Nation for sending up a tribal utility crew to help with the downed electrical lines.

However, much more assistance is still needed. No one facility can host a shelter large enough for all the Tribal residents; additional generators are needed to set up additional shelters. The Tribe s one and only grocery store has lost all of its perishables; additional food is needed. Also, dialysis patients have had to be evacuated to Rapid City.

Donations Needed:

MEDICAL NEEDS: Dialysis Patients/Glucose Strips/Financial Support for Hotels

* The dialysis patients have all been evacuated three hours away to Rapid City, SD. They are staying in hotels for at least a week and half, probably longer. The Tribe is looking into reimbursement sources from CMS and IHS, but in the interim financial contributions are needed to help the families pay for their hotel expenses and food. An account has been set up at Wells Fargo to help with these expenses. You can contribute at any Wells Fargo or send to the Rapid City branch.

http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_ec833f00-0a38-11df-a62b-001cc4c002e0.html

CONTRIBUTIONS:

Wells Fargo

Cheyenne Dialysis Patients (c/o Dew Bad Warrior)

Acct. #: 5815904338

1615 N 7th St.

Rapid City, SD 55701

* Medical Items Need on the Reservation itself (shipping address

below):

* Glucose Strips

* First Aid Kits

* Children’s Tylenol

* Children’s Cough Syrup

NEEDED SUPPLIES:

A big thank you to Wal-Mart for sending some initial food and supplies!!

Additional items are needed, especially for the communities whose

electricity is expected to be down for up to 30 days. Please forward to any

companies that manufacture these items that may be of assistance.

* CONTRIBUTIONS: Can be made directly to the Tribe’s emergency fund

listed below.

* IN KIND: Or if you prefer to make in-kind donations:

* Non-perishable food

* Cots

* Heat sources (heaters & fuel)

* Camp stoves & fuel

* Light sources:

* Lithium 1, 2 and 3 batteries for law enforcement

* Lamps/Batteries/Lamp Oil

* Toiletries

* Toilet paper

* Paper products for the shelters

* Pampers/formula

* Hand/baby wipes/Hand sanitizer

FINANCIAL DONATIONS:

The Tribe has depleted its emergency budget with the two blizzards that already hit the reservation since December. It needs funds to help buy food and supplies for the community and volunteers, to pay for gas and overtime for the workers, to replace the motor at the water pump station that was destroyed, etc. Any financial donations are much appreciated. The Tribe is

also trying to set up on-line donations but that may take some time.

WIRE DONATIONS TO:

Cheyenne River Sioux 2010 Disaster Account

Direct to: United Bkrs Bloomington ABA # 091 001 322

Beneficiary Bank: Account Number 250 3373

State Bank of Eagle Butte

Eagle Butte, SD 57625

Final Credit: Account Holder @ UBB Customers Bank

Account Holder: CRST 2010 Disaster, Account Number 103173

MAIL CHECK DONATIONS TO:

TO: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe/2010 Disaster Account

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman’s Office

Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Fund

PO Box 590

2001 Main Street (Tribal Offices)

Eagle Butte, SD 57625

SHIP SUPPLIES TO:

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman’s Office

Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Supplies

PO Box 590

2001 Main Street (Tribal Offices)

Eagle Butte, SD 57625

CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX CONTACTS:

Robin Le Beau, Chairman’s Assistant c (610) 568-2101

Joe Brings Plenty, Tribal Chairman c (605) 365-6548

CRST Emergency Coordination Center (605) 964-7711 (7712)



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