Standing Rock Sioux to Receive Disaster Relief Aid


Last week President Barack Obama declared funds available for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that was affected by severe storms, flooding and a tornado in South Dakota.

On June 25, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid was available to supplement the tribe’s efforts in the area affected according to a FEMA press release. The storm damage was caused between May 25 and June 1.

On June 28, the President declared a major disaster exists in the state according to a White House press release.

State and local governments are also eligible for disaster aid in the counties of Bennett, Corson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Union, and the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Gary R. Stanley was named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area according to FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate.

Following assessments further designations could be made at a later date.

Early funding estimates show at least $1.4 million in damages to public and private nonprofit property according to According to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe submitted its own request, which was approved June 25, with estimated damage of $1.2 million.

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