Oglala Sioux Tribe members create website for flood relief donations
PINE RIDGE, S.D. — As the emergency on the Pine Ridge Reservation continues onto day 11, Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe have set up a way the public can help.
Tribal members who work with the Oglala Sioux Tribe and OST Emergency Officials set up the website where people can donate money, resources, and contact people to volunteer. Temperatures are continuing to warm on the Pine Ridge Reservation, flooding roads and forcing families from their homes.
In addition, seven water line breaks in communities across the Reservation have left some without clean drinking water. Crews from Rapid City, the South Dakota National Guard and other organizations have poured in to help.
Though first responders continue to make progress with dealing with the emergency every day, Governor Kristi Noem who surveyed the flooding on Saturday, warned people to remain vigilant.
“We’re going to continue to deal with this and if we’re going to see rainfall, that makes it even worse,” Noem said. “And so we really need to stay on watch, pay attention, talk to your local emergency management teams, watch the news, know when you’re going to be impacted in your area, and then work to get through it,” she said.
For information on how you can donate to the relief effort, click here.
(A previous version of this story stated that the website was started by Oglala Sioux Tribal Officials)