Cheyenne River Sioux desperation ignored by most, but Lakotas from Pine Ridge are carrying them water
From Alex White Plume, Lakota on Pine Ridge, S.D.: "We are starting a group to haul water to the residents on the Eagle Butte rez. They have been without water and electricity for six days today. My brother Percy is collecting fuel money to haul water to the people from Bridger, S.D. We have it hard here, at least we have water. We have to help our relatives."
Water Woes Worsen On Reservation
The worst of the storm is over the lights are turning on for more people across keloland. But for some on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation there's another problem, no water.
“It is pretty serious. We have quite a few families that are without water at this point. And quite a bit of families that are, homes that are without electricity also,” tribal chairman Joseph Brings Plenty said. The power outage made water scarce on the reservation, but now the whole system is down. Eagle Butte has run out and so have other communities. Some could be without more than a week. It's already been days without water for Blaine Nordvold on his ranch south of Eagle Butte. It promises to be days more.
Rapid City Journal: "The power outages and water shortages plaguing most of north central South Dakota made refugees out of 35 kidney dialysis patients from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and their caregivers, stranding them in Rapid City."
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe out of water after storm
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Filed Under: Environment National
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe declared a state of emergency after thousands went without water following a severe winter storm.
The system that supplies water to 14,000 people failed when the power went out on the reservation. Generators that were brought in malfunctioned and water might not be restored until Friday.
“It is pretty serious. We have quite a few families that are without water at this point. And quite a bit of families that are, homes that are without electricity also,” Chairman Joseph Brings Plenty told KELO-TV.
The tribe has set up shelters across the reservation and imposed an 8pm curfew.
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Families Relocating (KOTA 1/27)
Water Woes Worsen On Reservation (KELO-TV 1/26)
Thousands without water after storm (The Rapid City Journal 1/27)