The American Red Cross provided a First Aid/Hydration Station during President and Mrs. Obama’s visit to the Standing Rock Reservation on Friday, June 13th. The President’s visit coincided with the Flag Day Celebration Wacipi in Cannon Ball, ND. With preliminary expectations of as many as 10,000 people attending, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal authorities requested American Red Cross assistance.
Our team consisted of medically qualified volunteers from both Rapid City, SD and Bismarck, ND who provided basic first aid services and water. The station located in Cannon Ball, ND was operational from Friday morning through the duration of the President’s visit.
Our team treated 34 patients including three that were referred to EMS for more advanced care. We also served over 3,200 snacks/cups of water.
The Red Cross was honored to partner with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to support President and Mrs. Obama’s visit.
The American Red Cross is actively recruiting medically trained professionals and others interested in volunteering to provide assistance during future missions involving direct aid and sheltering. If you are interested in becoming an American Red Cross volunteer in the Dakotas Region contact Kim Forness at (701) 223-6700 x2152.