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Organizations looking to assist tribes impacted by winter storms

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Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety
Many rural roads were impassable following a pair of winter storms hit South Dakota in December 2022. This photo shows a freshly cleared path on the Pine Ridge Reservation on Dec. 23.

This list was originally compiled by Sam Stroozas for MPR News.

Several organizations are working to assist people in south central South Dakota still dealing with the effects of a pair of powerful winter storms.

Both the Pine Ridge Reservation and Rosebud Reservation dealt with a days-long blizzard in mid-December. A week later, another major snowstorm accompanied by dangerously cold temperatures hit just days before Christmas.

Many people were stuck in their homes with no electricity. Crews are still working to clear several feet of snow from many roads to reach isolated residents.

Gov. Kristi Noem last week announced a deployment to assist both the Oglala Sioux and Rosebud Sioux tribes, but conditions are still dire for many.

Below is a list of organizations working to help those still struggling in the wake of the storms.

Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation

Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation are working with Pine Ridge Reservation to collect blankets, quilts, comforters and heaters. Online donations can also be made to help with propane or firewood.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Blizzard Relief Donation

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is asking for monetary donations to assist in the relief efforts of those recovering from the blizzard. Phone: (605) 747-2381.

One Spirit

One Spirit is working to get essentials to people on the reservation. Any donations received at this time will be used to purchase firewood, supplies and food to take care of those critically in need. Phone: (570)-460-6567

First Families Now

First Families Now provides support for countless Native American children, elders and and families living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (605)-407-0414.

Siċaŋġu Community Development Corporation

Siċaŋġu Community Development Corporation is raising money for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Donations will go to purchasing woods for families and cover the cost of tools to help clear pathways for safe travel.

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