Weeks ago, storms ravaged much of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, resulting in extensive damage to homes, as well as gardens right at their peak, throughout the reservation.
We immediately started to assess the damage to the neediest families.
Working with Oglala Sioux Tribe governmental officials, H.U.D., FEMA, and other agencies also on the ground, we identified mobile homes in Kyle and Wounded Knee districts that needed new windows, vinyl siding, and other repairs from structural damage caused by the storm. In some cases, homes were blown off their footings and needed to be ‘reset’.
This is just one of the homes that have been reset, belonging to an elderly Lakota. The storm left her home with an unstable floor and siding with holes letting in cold air, creating a hazard inside an already humble home. Running Strong just completed “resetting” her home.
Many more homes are on the contractors’ work plans for the weeks to come, and we anticipate over 100 units will receive repairs from Running Strong.
We know the work needs to be done as quickly as possible as the cold of late fall and winter is fast approaching.
Ken Lone Elk, Running Strong's Water Coordinator, reported just yesterday (Wednesday, October 3), "We will complete 5 of the 6 mobile homes blown off their leveling blocks and they will begin the other repairs, just in time, we have wind gusts of 45 to 65 miles per hour today and we are expecting snow and cold. At least we have made a small dent in our list of homes, but we started together with all the housing entities, no one asking to be in charge-we all took the lead together and because we started as a team, we have a good start and I know we will succeed."