Pine Ridge Reservation still under emergency declaration

PINE RIDGE S.D. — The Pine Ridge Reservation is still in a state of emergency after severe weather and flooding has devastated the area.

Around 500 people have been displaced from the effects of the blizzard. Snow drifts, mud and flooding have trapped people in their homes in remote areas. As the snow has melted, roads have become saturated and impassable at times.

On Sunday night at an emergency meeting, Tribal Leadership allocated $234,000 to the Reservation’s six districts for disaster relief.

According to Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Management Lead Coordinator Candi Brings Plenty, the public is in need food, water, and baby formula. Over the weekend, Black Hills Life Flight has been dropping food and water to isolated homes.

She also said that local emergency officials have been working around the clock to check on Elders in their homes, and to bring food and water. Additionally, several other tribes from as far away as Michigan have sent crews to assist in the effort.

Brings Plenty also said since Oglala Sioux Tribal leadership published the emergency declaration on Thursday, Governor Kristi Noem’s office had not yet issued a reply.

For information on how you can help out, call Candi Brings Plenty at 605-441-6849.

Image courtesy of Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Management.

(A previous version of this story stated the Tribe reached out directly to Governor Noem’s Office for emergency assistance)

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