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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe & Red Cross Sign MOU

MOU Group
"This is a significant step for the Red Cross and we are glad to provide support to our tribal nations." - Black Hills Region Executive Director, Richard Smith.

The American Red Cross is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The MOU formalizes a working relationship between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the American Red Cross in preparing for and responding to disasters.

This is the first agreement in the nation between the American Red Cross and a Tribal Nation.

The American Red Cross and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have a long history of working cooperatively to assist individuals and families who have been impacted by disasters. This agreement builds on our current relationship and facilitates a more coordinated response.

"This is a significant step for the Red Cross and we are glad to provide support to our tribal nations," said Black Hills Region Executive Director, Richard Smith. " I hope this is the first of many agreements."

The signing ceremony was held at the Standing Rock Sioux’s Tribal Office in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Charles W. Murphy and American Red Cross Executive Director Richard Smith represented their respective organizations. Additional representatives for the tribe included Vice Chairman Mike Faith and Director of Emergency Management Elliott Ward.