The American Red Cross honored a longtime volunteer this week who has served for nearly three decades with the organization. Jasper Iron Cloud, of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has been volunteering for the Red Cross for almost 27 years. At this ceremony on Tuesday, the Tribal Council also recognized him for his service.
Iron Cloud has been the primary Disaster Action Responder on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe since 1989. It is estimated that he has responded to over 80 home fires and resides in one of the most remote areas of South Dakota.
“I cannot say enough about Jasper’s actions to help people in need at a point in life where they have lost everything,” said Richard Smith, Red Cross Executive Director in Central and Western South Dakota. “Day or night he has always responded to help others in need and we truly appreciate all his efforts.”
STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE MOU WITH THE RED CROSS
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe became the first tribal nation to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Red Cross three years ago. This working partnership has improved response time and preparedness on the Standing Rock reservation.