I’ve written about the cold on Pine Ridge Reservation before. But I just saw a posting on Facebook by KILI Radio and I am really concerned about those who have no heat the next few nights.
This is what the posting said:
Get prepared relatives TONIGHT! Lows 17 below to 23 below zero. North winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 30 percent. Wind chill readings 42 below to 52 below zero.
This is DANGEROUS cold!!
I have written before about substandard housing with no insulation, holes in homes, no source of heat, no building codes.
I have written before about having met and purchased art from a man who later froze to death.
I am concerned that that kind of thing may happen in the next few days because there are so many I hear from with no heat – no propane, no wood. There are others who have heat that is inadequate in this kind of cold – people who try to use electric space heaters to heat rooms and homes. These are dangerous when overheated by overuse or when placed too close to clothing or bedding.
I am worried that I will hear about tragedies in the coming days.
I can only pray that people will donate to ONE Spirit to help with the emergency fuel program.
ONE Spirit ( http://nativeprogress.org ) accepts donations through PayPal.
In the meantime, I need to prepare for up to another 18 inches of snow here, 2000 miles away from the children and elders who will be shivering tonight on Pine Ridge Reservation. At least I know I will have heat.