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Financial and material donations to the Sioux disaster fund are in great need.
By Heather Thompson
Sonnenschein
Sunday, Jan 31, 2010

You may have heard the Dakotas had terrible ice storms this past weekend. The ice has brought down over 2,000-3,000 utility poles down on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Electricity has been out for five days (since Friday). Crews are working
feverishly, but it may be out for up to 30 days in some areas. With no
electricity, no heat, no running water, and a wind chill below zero the
situation is growing more difficult.

The Tribal government is setting up shelters and working hard to provide for the community’s needs.

The State, the Red Cross, and other Tribes are helping, but options and
resources have been drained with the two most recent blizzards.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation is one of the most impoverished
communities in the United States. It is about the size of Connecticut: yet there are only a handful of generators on the Reservation, the water pump station is down so there is no running water, the gas stations hasn’t been able to pump gas, and the Tribal grocery store has lost all its perishables.

MEDICAL NEEDS: Dialysis Patients/Glucose Strips/Financial Support for Hotels

The dialysis patients have all been evacuated three hours away to
Rapid City, SD. They are staying in hotels for at least a week and half,
probably longer. The Tribe is looking into reimbursement sources from CMS
and IHS, but in the interim financial contributions are needed to help the
families pay for their hotel expenses and food. An account has been set up at Wells Fargo to help with these expenses. You can contribute at any Wells Fargo or send to the Rapid City branch.

CONTRIBUTIONS:

Wells Fargo
Cheyenne Dialysis Patients (c/o Dew Bad Warrior)
Acct. #: 5815904338
1615 N 7th St.
Rapid City, SD 55701

Medical Items Need on the Reservation itself (shipping address
below):

  • Glucose Strips
  • First Aid Kits
  • Children’s Tylenol
  • Children’s Cough Syrup

NEEDED SUPPLIES:

A big thank you to Wal-Mart for sending some initial food and supplies!!
Additional items are needed, especially for the communities whose
electricity is expected to be down for up to 30 days. Please forward to any companies that manufacture these items that may be of assistance.

CONTRIBUTIONS: Can be made directly to the Tribe’s emergency fund
listed below.

IN KIND: Or if you prefer to make in-kind donations:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Cots
  • Heat sources (heaters & fuel)
  • Camp stoves & fuel

Light sources:

  • Lithium 1, 2 and 3 batteries for law enforcement
  •  Lamps/Batteries/Lamp Oil
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper products for the shelters
  • Pampers/formula
  • Hand/baby wipes/Hand sanitizer

FINANCIAL DONATIONS:

The Tribe has depleted its emergency budget with the two blizzards that
already hit the reservation since December. It needs funds to help buy food and supplies for the community and volunteers, to pay for gas and overtime for the workers, to replace the motor at the water pump station that was destroyed, etc. Any financial donations are much appreciated. The Tribe is also trying to set up on-line donations but that may take some time.

WIRE DONATIONS TO:

Cheyenne River Sioux 2010 Disaster Account
Direct to: United Bkrs Bloomington ABA # 091 001 322
Beneficiary Bank: Account Number 250 3373
State Bank of Eagle Butte
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Final Credit: Account Holder @ UBB Customers Bank
Account Holder:  CRST 2010 Disaster, Account Number 103173

MAIL CHECK DONATIONS TO:

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe/2010 Disaster Account
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman’s Office
Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Fund
PO Box 590
2001 Main Street (Tribal Offices)
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

SHIP SUPPLIES TO:

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman’s Office
Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Supplies
PO Box 590
2001 Main Street (Tribal Offices)
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

CHEYNNNE RIVER SIOUX CONTACTS:

Robin Le Beau, Chairman’s Assistant c (610) 568-2101
Joe Brings Plenty, Tribal Chairman c (605) 365-6548
CRST Emergency Coordination Center (605) 964-7711 (7712)

Lila wopila (Great thanks),

Heather Dawn Thompson

Heather Dawn Thompson
Cheyenne River Sioux
Partner
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
c (202) 258-3767

hthompson@sonnenschein.com
www.sonnenschein.com