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February 8, 2010
Aid Needed for Tribal Communities Hit by Snowstorms
Aid Needed for Tribal Communities Hit by Snowstorms

A succession of blizzards have ravaged several tribal communities across Indian Country and they are in great need of donated goods (e.g., non-perishable food, water, shovels) and financial assistance in order to purchase medical supplies, propane for heating homes, and gasoline for emergency vehicles.

The National Congress of American Indians is asking that you contact tribal personnel directly to find out specific needs and share your resources with them. Please be aware that there may be other tribes in need and if you have additional information, please contact NCAI and we will send out an update.

If you have any questions, please contact Ahniwake Rose at NCAI, 202.466.7767 or

**Contributions to a federally recognized tribal government are treated the same as a contribution to a state government under 7871 for purposes of charitable contributions deductibility; as, the contribution will be used exclusively for "public purposes" which in this instance is disaster relief for the ice storm of January 2010.

Navajo Nation

Department of Emergency Management

c/o 2010 Snowfall Operation

PO Box 620

St. Michaels, AZ 86511

  • Contact: Navajo Nation, Johnny Johnson, Emergency Operations, Center Incident Commander, (928) 871-7848
  • Navajo Nation request that all donations come in the form of gift cards which will be used to purchase all needs for community members and tribal responders from local vendors. They are also requesting 50,000 sandbags.

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

Online Donations:

  • Contact: Cheyenne River, Robin Le Beau, Chairman’s Assistant: (610) 568-2101
  • Medical items needed include: glucose strips, first aid kits, children’s aspirin/pain reliever, and cough syrup.

Oglala Sioux Tribe
Attn: Dean Patton, Treasurer
P.O. Box 2070
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770

  • Contact: Oglala Sioux, Loretta Afraid of Bear, Public Relations, (605) 867-5074

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

c/o Emergency Preparedness Program

P.O. Box 910

Rosebud, SD 57570

  • Contact: Bill Giroux, Emergency Manager, (605) 747-2559
  • Items needed include: non-perishable goods, heaters, and candles.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Chairman Charles Murphy

PO Box D

Fort Yates, ND 58538

  • Contact: Pete Red Tomahawk, Tribal Emergency Coordinator, (701) 854-8500
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