Disaster/Environmental Emergency: Two Winter Storms | South Dakota
Impact on Tribe: In late December, 2016, Cheyenne River was in the path of two winter storms with extreme cold and sub-zero wind chills. Several areas on the reservation were left without electricity, and three tribal members fell victim to the arctic cold, the third not found until Jan. 31. A command center was quickly established by Cheyenne River Emergency Management to assist Elders and families impacted by the storm.
PWNA Aid Requested: On Jan. 3, 2017, emergency aid was requested to assist about 350 people. PWNA coordinated its response through Harold Tiger from the tribe’s emergency management office.
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Other: The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is one of 9 federally recognized tribes in South Dakota. The tribe has nearly 16,000 enrolled members, with a reservation population of about 8,090 people. Per capita income is reported as $14,056 (2010 Census) and the poverty rate is about 36.4%.
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