Due to the recent shortage of propane and continued frigid temperatures, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has opened shelters for persons without adequate heat in Wakpala, SD and Ft Yates, ND. Late Tuesday afternoon a Black Hills Area Chapter crew and an Emergency Response Vehicle deployed from Rapid City to provide meals for shelter residents at both locations. The American Red Cross is also supporting this effort by providing cots and blankets. Pictured on the prior page is volunteer Dave Ramberg preparing to depart.
Last March, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the American Red Cross signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize a working relationship regarding preparing for and responding to disasters. This response is a wonderful example of the effectiveness of a collaborative partnership between a tribal nation and the American Red Cross. Pictured is Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II, Vice Chair Jesse McLaughlin and Black Hills Red Cross Executive Director Richard Smith who met Wednesday morning to discuss the propane shortage and the outlook for future sheltering needs.