FEMA denies disaster assistance to Oglala Sioux Tribe
Denial can be appealed within 30 days.
PINE RIDGE – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declined a request for federal assistance from the Oglala Sioux Tribe from severe weather in July.
In a letter sent to Oglala Sioux Tribe President Troy ‘Scott’ Weston, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said storms and tornadoes in late July on the Pine Ridge Reservation did not meet the criteria to receive federal aid. The storms happened in the region on July 27-29.
“Based on our review of all the information available, it has been determined that the damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as toward supplemental federal disaster assistance under the Stafford Act,” Long said in the letter.
The storm in July formed in Montana before racing southward into South Dakota, producing 80 mph wind gusts and dropping large hail in and around Oglala Lakota County later into the evening.
The letter then continued to say the denial can be appealed within 30 days of Sept. 18.