The American Red Cross of Montana is pleased to announce the signing of a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the American Red Cross and the Crow Nation. The MOU formalizes a working relationship between the Crow Tribe and the humanitarian organization in preparing for and responding to disasters. A signing ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 28 at 9:00 AM in Crow Agency during the Tribe’s 2014 Crow Native Days celebration.
This is the first agreement between the American Red Cross of Montana and a tribal nation.
The American Red Cross and the Crow Tribe have a long history of working cooperatively to assist individuals and families who have been impacted by disasters. This agreement builds on their current relationship and facilitates a more coordinated response.
“The American Red Cross is deeply committed to providing humanitarian aid to all people affected by disaster, including the members of sovereign tribal nations within Montana’s borders,” explained Rod Kopp, CEO of Montana Red Cross. “This agreement will allow for a much faster and more efficient response in the event of a disaster on Crow land.” Kopp added that he hoped the MOU with Crow Nation would inspire other tribes in Montana to establish similar agreements with the Red Cross. “We are honored by the trust that the Crow people have placed in the Red Cross and we look forward to continuing our historic relationship in the years to come.”
The ceremonial event will take place at the Edison Memorial Complex (Grandstands) in Crow Agency, during the Ultimate Lady Warrior Challenge. The Honorable Chairman Darrin Old Coyote and Rod Kopp will represent their respective organizations.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.