OST partners with nonprofits to repair severe weather damage

Still waiting on possible HUD grant funding

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – Officials with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Emergency Management have joined forces with several local agencies to provide relief to those affected by severe weather in the summer. Officials say many buildings in the area have still suffered damage and need to be repaired before winter.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied disaster relief to the Oglala Sioux Tribe in September. Now, OST Emergency Management is partnering with several nonprofits that do work on the reservation, along with other organizations.

According to OST Emergency Management, the following organizations are all contributing time and labor to fix the homes: Running Strong, Lutheran Social Services, Tipi Raisers, The Catholic Church, The Presbyterian Church, the OST Energy Office, and OST Housing.

Officials say if you have not had a storm inspection yet or you are unsure if your name is on a list, call 605-867-5011 after Monday, Oct. 22 to confirm or give your information. 

OST leadership also said they are waiting to hear back from the Department of Housing and Development for grants to help repair the damage.

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