I usually post about the Pine Ridge Reservation in SD because I have friends there. But a neighboring reservation, the Cheyenne River Reservation, also in SD, has been enduring incredible hardship due to an ice storm and needs everyone’s help.
There is a fabulous video on You Tube showing the results of the ice storm. 6 inches of ice coat the power lines that have fallen! 2000 to 3000 utility poles are down! The water system has failed! There is no power, many have no heat in the frigid SD temperatures; there is no way to cook. Sick persons and dialysis patients have had to be evacuated to other places, away from family and friends. The Red Cross has diverted aid to Haiti and doesn’t have enough to assist here?!
YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS VIDEO!!!!
It really burns my butt that the major news outlets have passed over this disaster because of the disaster in Haiti. Heaven forbid that they try to cover two disasters!!! But I suspect that, even if there had not been a disaster in Haiti, this would have been overlooked by the major news outlets. They overlooked the disaster and state of emergency on the reservations in South Dakota after blizzards necessitated declaring a State of Emergency and the activation of the National Guard to clear snow drifts up to 8 feet high!
On the other hand, an ice storm in Maine or New Hampshire would have generated national news, awareness and assistance. A blizzard with 8 foot snow drifts in New York or Minnesota would have grabbed the headlines. So why don’t these emergencies on the reservations in South Dakota get any coverage at all??? After all, many of the people living on these reservations are as poor as those in Haiti!
It appears to me that too many people in this nation don’t realize that the poorest counties in the entire United States of America are those that include the South Dakota reservations!!! Even those working in the news media, who shape opinions and who educate America more than our schools can, do not know that there are MANY people on South Dakota reservations who have no running water, cannot afford electricity or propane for heat, have children who go hungry or who become overweight from eating cheap, high fat, high sugar foods. They must travel great distances to obtain medical care but have no cars or have cars that would have been considered “clunkers” in the recent government program — and can’t afford gasoline to run them anyway!
When you add the conditions generated by an ice storm or blizzard, you have the potential for loss of life!
I hope you looked at the video. I hope you read some of my other posts about rez life (see Lakota category).
I HOPE YOU WAKE UP TO THE POVERTY AND NEED ON THE SOUTH DAKOTA RESERVATIONS AND I HOPE YOU HAVE ENOUGH COMPASSION TO WAKE UP YOUR FRIENDS!!!!!!!
I have certainly tried.