The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights is asking all who can to donate to the Cheyenne River Sioux a in the face of extreme winter conditions. The Tribe declared a state of emergency as a severe ice storm cut electivity and water on its North Central South Dakota reservation.
The reservation is remote and covers more than 2.7 million acres, making the delivery of emergency services difficult. Nine-thousand tribal members and non-Indians live on the reservation and are in need of emergency heating, food, and water. The tribe’s website describes that as many as 1500 to 2000 homes on the reservation are without heat and water and these services are not expected to be restored for several weeks. The tribe faces seasonal unemployment of over 70%, placing further material limits on the ability of community members to respond.
Please send what you can to help the Cheyenne River Sioux in this difficult time.
Donations can be sent to:
• MAIL: Benita Clark, Tribal Treasurer, P.O. Box 590, Eagle Butte, SD 57625, make checks payable to the “Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe CRST 2010 Disaster.”
• WIRE: United Bkrs Bloomington ABA# 091 001 322; Beneficiary Bank or Beneficiary: Account# 250 3373, State Bank of Eagle Butte; Beneficiary of Final Credit: Account Holder@UBB Customers Bank; Account Holder: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe CRST 2010 Disaster, Routing #:091409351, Account #: 103173
More information is available at the Tribe’s website: http://www.sioux.org/