January 17, 2017

Indian Country Emergency Situation Updates, Needs

There has been an unprecedented rash of tornadoes floods and fires that have impacted several tribes across the country.  While some tribal communities are in disaster declaration areas, most of the tribes seem to be in stable circumstances. However many tribes that are currently stabilized, it is only a matter of time before they are overwhelmed and under emergency status and will be in great need of assistance.  Many of the tribes are seeking help and if you are able to provide the resources they are requesting they will be extremely grateful. We have compiled the following information through various sources including direct contact.   For the best information contact the tribes directly regarding status and needs.

Crow Nation:
On May 20 flooding started, currently experiencing additional rain and snowmelt impacts.  May 22, Chair EX Order 1101 declared state of emergency.  Seeking presidential disaster declaration.   4.4 million damage assessment on 60% of total impact.  Currently 41 people in shelter with over 100 living with other family members.  Billings had 300 displaced tribal people. 192 homes have been impacted extreme to moderate damage with 22 completely destroyed. Flood is still persistent in many areas with fishstreams and wells compromised.

Cleanup supplies
Materials for rebuilding – roofing materials, sheetrock, lumber, nails,

Non-perishable items
Bottled water
Personal toiletries
Clothing of all types/sizes
Household items

April Toineeta
Little Big Horn College
1 Forestry Lane
Crow Agency, Mt  59022
Ph.  406.638.2665
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Monetary contributions can be sent to
First Interstate Bank of Harding, MT
ID:  Crow Tribal Disaster Relief Fund

Omaha Nation:
Omaha – 12 miles of river on Nebraska and Iowa side, Interstate 29 closed off a section near Omaha.
Floodwaters reached casino. Evacuated 20 homes affected 40 – 54 families, multi-families living in one residence. Looking for financial resources for families to help with basic needs.

Financial, monetary donations
Equipment needs – relying on contractors to place barriers on tribal property including their waste water treatment plant.

Contact :
Omaha Emergency Management Office (set up at Omaha Nation Public School) :
Linda Sheridan  402-837-5236
Omaha EM and CEO of Healthcare facility – Carroll Webster 712-208-0577 and email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Blackfeet Nation:
Inundated with rain  – private roads and culverts washed out. Three families evacuated, one reservation was isolated for a while but now open access to the area okay. Some buildings with water in basements, sustained a number of damaged homes. Response team on recess this week but still need help. As the snowpack hasn’t left the mountains yet.

10,000 or 20,000 sandbags as tribe has exhausted what they had in storage.
Drinking water
Basic personal toiletries
Cleaning kits.

Blackfeet Director of Emergency Management – Robert DeRosier 406-450-0646 cell and email:
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Monetary donations contact:
Blackfeet Nation Recovery Planning Team  - Cheryl Rivas 406-338-7406 or Bryan Crawford at 406-338-7521, 7522, 7523

Northern Cheyenne Tribe:
Right now in stand-by mode. Have all the low-lying houses sandbagged and another surplus supply ready. The Tongue river is going up slowly but nothing drastic yet. The weather has cooled off but now getting rain. All the families and problems we had on the Rosebud Creek are over as the level has subsided. Have quit sandbagging operations so that’s not a problem.

Drinking water
Non-perishable food


Ed Joiner, Disaster Emergency Service Coordinator: 406-477- 6914

The next list of tribes seem to be in a stable situation. But all have said it is fine to list them on the broadcast in case people want to inquire.

Chippewa Cree Tribe

Flooding over the last few weeks. Similar damage to the 2010 damage. Some roads out.


Tim Rosette 406-395-5828, 406-395-4486 x2014, 406-945-1425 (c)

United Tribes Technical College

Assisting staff and students that had to evacuate in Mandan and Bismarck

Flood line for individuals that need help:  701-530-8668


David Gipp, President - President's office, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, North Dakota, 58504, 701-255-3285 x 1218

Bill Wuolu: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 701-530-0655

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Route 12 – one of the main roads has been detoured but may close as the Cheyenne River is rising to the banks from the back flow of the Missouri River.

The tribe has been actively helping tribal members who live off reservation that have been affected in Pierre and Fort Pierre.


Chairman Kevin Keckler, 605-964-4155

Santee Sioux Tribe

Homes not in danger. Tribal businesses affected because highway is closed.


Chairman Roger Trudell, 402-857-2772, Secretary Cora Jones, 402-857-2772, Will Leone – Emergency Management Technician, 402-857-2300

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Stable right now


Joanelle Leingang, 701-854-8504 (o), 701-426-2613 (c)

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Under control and no needs at this time.

Wallo Fire:

Delegation of Authority from both Tribes (San Carlos Apache and White Mountain Apache) have been signed over to IMTs.  Currently burned 386,690 acres.

No new orders for evacuation on Tribal lands. Both Tribes are communicating well with the response efforts and appreciate the solid communication from all response partners. They have liaisons assigned to IMT team and considerations from the Tribe are being handled front and center by the IMT response team.
Outlook is favorable that fire suppression will be successful. Concern from IMT team that fire on WMAT will meet with fire on SCAT. Team continuing to monitor fire behavior and analyze activity. Estimated containment of fire activity on WMAT – 5 to 7 days, contingent upon weather and fire behavior.

San Carlos Apache Tribe
Fire has burned an estimated 1800 acres of Tribal land, most of which is commercial timber.
There are no commercial or residential structures threatened at this time by the fire; however, the Tribe has concerns of sacred sites that could possibly be affected or destroyed by the fire. Also, concerned about the loss of commercial timber. Mostly rugged terrain that has been burned. Significant risk for post-fire flooding, especially down the salt river water shed.

White Mountain Apache Tribe
Fire suppression continues along the southwest and western part of the fire. Tribe has evacuated the Sunrise Ski Resort and the community adjacent to the resort that is mostly made up of employee homes. Evacuation point is Blue Ridge high school; however, Tribe expects a low turnout and that families in the area will seek shelter with relatives. Tribe is concerned about the SW part of the fire and is analyzing fire behavior on San Carlos Apache Reservation that will dictate their plans.

Both Tribes have signed a delegation of authority to the Type 2 IMT under John Philbins command for fire suppression only. Both Tribes are in contact with ADEM Tribal Liaison to continue coordinating communication with state resources and the IMT’s.

The tribes want to focus on First Responder safety and are NOT requesting donations as their priority remains fire suppression.

For more information on the fire activity please see www.inciweb.org and the Arizona Emergency Information Network at www.azein.gov