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Learn more about building relationships with tribal communities

Several months ago, I wrote a story about a new program (Relationship Building for Better Partnerships: Anishinaabe Tribes and MSU Extension) developed by three of our Michigan State University Extension colleagues about building strong and lasting relationships with Michigan tribal nations. Extension staff members Barbara Smutek, Emily Proctor and Dionardo Pizaña have offered a three-session program in St. Ignace, are currently offering a second series in Hannahville, and are scheduled to offer a third session in Brimley later this year.

Barbara and Emily presented an update on the workshop series on the MSU Extension Update Webinar on Monday, Aug. 5. Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties that made it difficult to hear Barbara’s portion of the presentation. She has graciously offered to record that presentation with the sound issues corrected, so I’d like to call this to your attention. You can hear a recording of her presentation at https://connect.msu.edu/p9sciguxeu1/.

Just as important, I would like to encourage you to seek out an opportunity to participate in this program in the future. Tribal partnerships have already served us well in reaching audiences we have not served in the past, and as more of us learn about the unique opportunities presented by working with tribal members, we can achieve even more impacts in their communities. The current workshop series in Hannahville has two sessions remaining, one on Aug. 21 and the other on Sept.18. And the next series, to be held with the Bay Mills Indian Community will take place in Brimley on Oct. 10, Oct. 30 and Nov. 14. Future series are in the plans for the Traverse City area and southeast Michigan.

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Nature’s challenges are a call to action

The earthquake in Haiti has weighed heavily on our collective consciousness over the past few weeks, and I’m sure many of us and the people we serve have tried to reach out in ways to help alleviate the suffering of so many. This message just came through on a list-serve I follow and I thought I’d share it as another opportunity for folks to consider in helping others affected by a dangerous weather circumstance. The message is dated January 27, 2010 and originates from Ronnie Warren, USDA APHIS.

You may have heard the Dakotas had terrible ice storms this past weekend. The ice has brought down over 2,000-3,000 utility poles down on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Electricity has been out for five days (since Friday). Crews are working feverishly, but it may be out for up to 30 days in some areas. With no electricity, no heat, no running water, and a wind chill below zero the situation is growing more difficult.

The Tribal government is setting up shelters and working hard to provide for the community’s needs. The State, the Red Cross, and other Tribes are helping, but options and resources have been drained with the two most recent blizzards.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation is one of the most impoverished communities in the United States. It is about the size of Connecticut: yet there are only a handful of generators on the Reservation, the water pump station is down so there is no running water, the gas stations hasn’t been able to pump gas, and the Tribal grocery store has lost all its perishables.

Please donate if you can, and pass on to others and companies that might be able to provide donations or assistance.

MEDICAL NEEDS: Dialysis Patients/Glucose Strips/Financial Support for Hotels
The dialysis patients have all been evacuated three hours away to Rapid City, SD. They are staying in hotels for at least a week and half, probably longer. The Tribe is looking into reimbursement sources from CMS and IHS, but in the interim financial contributions are needed to help the families pay for their hotel expenses and food. An account has been set up at Wells Fargo to help with these expenses. You can contribute at any Wells Fargo or send to the Rapid City branch.

CONTRIBUTIONS:
Wells Fargo
Cheyenne Dialysis Patients (c/o Dew Bad Warrior)
Acct. #: 5815904338
1615 N 7th St.
Rapid City, SD 55701

Medical Items Need on the Reservation itself (shipping address below)

  • Glucose Strips
  • First Aid Kits
  • Children’s Tylenol
  • Children’s Cough Syrup

NEEDED SUPPLIES:
A big thank you to Wal-Mart for sending some initial food and supplies!! Additional items are needed, especially for the communities whose electricity is expected to be down for up to 30 days. Please forward to any companies that manufacture these items that may be of assistance.

  • CONTRIBUTIONS: Can be made directly to the Tribe’s emergency fund listed below.
  •  IN KIND: Or if you prefer to make in-kind donations:
    •   Non-perishable food
    •   Cots
    •   Heat sources (heaters & fuel)
    •   Camp stoves & fuel
    •   Light sources:
    •   Lithium 1, 2 and 3 batteries for law enforcement
    •   Lamps/batteries/lamp oil
    •   Toiletries
    •   Toilet paper
    •   Paper products for the shelters
    •   Pampers/formula
    •   Hand/baby wipes/hand sanitizer

FINANCIAL DONATIONS:
The Tribe has depleted its emergency budget with the two blizzards that already hit the reservation since December. It needs funds to help buy food and supplies for the community and volunteers, to pay for gas and overtime for the workers, to replace the motor at the water pump station that was destroyed, etc. Any financial donations are much appreciated. The Tribe is also trying to set up on-line donations but that may take some time.

WIRE DONATIONS TO:
Cheyenne River Sioux 2010 Disaster Account
Direct to: United Bkrs Bloomington ABA # 091 001 322
Beneficiary Bank: Account Number 250 3373
State Bank of Eagle Butte
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Final Credit: Account Holder @ UBB Customers Bank
Account Holder: CRST 2010 Disaster, Account Number 103173

MAIL CHECK DONATIONS TO:
TO: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe/2010 Disaster Account
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman’s Office
Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Fund
PO Box 590
2001 Main Street (Tribal Offices)
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

SHIP SUPPLIES TO:
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman’s Office
Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Supplies
PO Box 590
2001 Main Street (Tribal Offices)
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

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