Sunday, November 30, 2008

California tribe donates $100,000 to blizzard aid

California tribe donates $100,000 to blizzard aid
Rapid City Journal

A Native American tribe in California has given $100,000 to help West River area reservation areas recovering from the early November blizzard.

Officials at the Black Hills Area Chapter of the American Red Cross said the funds will help provide immediate assistance and assist with future emergency services on the reservations here.

"When the tribe was made aware of the situation at Pine Ridge and at Rosebud, we knew we had to assist our brother and sister tribes," said Chairman James Ramos of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians of San Bernardino. Wildfires in California galvanized desire among his tribe's members to help the Lakota, he said.

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