12/20/13 in Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservations in South Dakota under Basic Needs Seasonal Programs
As countless winter storms, endless snow, and below zero temperatures plague the Northern Plains each year, too many Native American children and families have been left vulnerable.
When severe cold weather hits the reservations, families pull together to try to stay warm. Many families cannot afford the utilities they need to survive the harsh winter conditions in the Northern Plains. Many families depend on our aid to help make it through the winter.
Running Strong provides utility assistance to American Indian families to help meet their heating and electricity needs by providing funds to help families purchase propane, electricity, firewood, and gas.
Since 1997, we have matched the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s contributions to hundreds of struggling families dollar-for-dollar. We also partner with the Cheyenne River Youth Project to provide $30,000 in utility assistance to help Cheyenne River Sioux families stay warm throughout the winter as well.
“It’s important to us that we do as much as we can to assist our friends and neighbors. The emergency heat assistance is a great start, and we’re continuing to look for new ways we can help,” says Julie Garreau, Executive Director of the Cheyenne River Youth Project.
HELP US keep American Indian families warm and safe this winter.