Both the Chippewa Cree Tribe in northern Montana and Sioux on the Yankton Reservation in South Dakota were hit hard by floods late last month. Apparently the state of Montana won’t be able to provide help to the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, so now they’re hoping for a federal disaster declaration. Here are stories from the Associated Press on the situation at both reservations, as well as word of help to Rocky Boy’s from the from the Indian Health Service:
HELENA (AP) – Chippewa Cree tribal leaders were awaiting word on whether last month’s flooding on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation would be declared a disaster by President Barack Obama.
A disaster declaration would give the tribe access to millions of dollars in federal assistance to repair damage to roads, public buildings and other infrastructure.
Gov. Brian Schweitzer asked Obama for the declaration earlier this week.
On Friday, state emergency officials said there wasn’t enough home damage to qualify for federal individual assistance.
A damage assessment concluded that out of the 94 privately owned homes in the area, two received major damage and nine had minor damage.
The flooding forced the evacuation of dozens of homes and left others without drinking water
Meanwhile, the Indian Health Service announced today that it’s providing more than $1 million in help to the Chippewa Cree Tribe. The IHS news release follows:
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