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Oglala Sioux Tribe Declares Drought Emergency

July 19, 2012, 9:49 AM


The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe has declared a drought emergency for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota.

President John Yellow Bird Steele says record heat and a lack of rain are a threat to public health and property and the reservation's economy.

He wants the federal government to provide fans and air conditioners to tribal members who need them.

Steele also wants aid for the tribal government, and for ranchers and farmers who haven't been able to harvest a hay crop because of the drought.

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