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Lakota Reservations are in dire straits due to fires, blizzards and floods

Lakota Reservations are in dire straits due to fires, blizzards and floods


Lakota leaders have sent out a mayday call for help.   The tribal governments have exhausted their resources, trying to grapple with the horrific damage done by multiple floods and blizzards.  They need both donations and professionals with experience in disaster relief, who can help with their efforts.  To date, the president has declined to declare these reservations federal disaster areas.


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Have these areas asked to be designated as disaster areas? George Bush is castigated for not acting quicker for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit. But the way the law works, the local authorities have to first ask for help before the Federal government can give it. The New Orleans authorities were asleep at the wheel before, during, and after the hurricane. Trump may not yet be able to act if the local authorities have not followed the set procedures. Do you know if requests for Federal aid have been made?

    • According to the video. The tribes formally asked for disaster assistance, but were ignored. The state legislature then passed a resolution asking for the affected regions of their state to be declared a disaster area. Trump TWEETED back that next time, the Indians out west will consided the consequences of opposing the petroleum pipe line construction.


        The video is unavailable according to the window in the post. Trump’s tweets are big news. That tweet should be easily found on Twitter. That tweet should be posted here so everyone can read it.


    Richard, I wish the Oglala Lakota Nation the best…where can we send some money to help? We all now have a Supreme court that does not agree with the bill of rights having to do with property rights….what a bunch of clowns controlling this land these days.


    How many remember, maybe a decade ago (?), the horrible winter on the rez-elderly people were freezing to death because fuel supplies were non-existent or for various other reasons, (mainly economic), could not be acquired… Then, out of the blue, HUGO CHAVEZ had FREE oil and gas sent to the reservation. Amazingly, US governmental representatives-still NOT helping or assisting in any manner, began to bash rez residents as “SOCIALISTS”…. I am sure verification of this may easily be found-simply incredible. AND perhaps on a related note, remember when Pope Francis was here and he was lecturing the Congressman for their legislation hurting the poor? I was shocked to hear life long “Catholic” Rick Santorum being interviewed on cable news being asked about this. A question came up about how Jesus spoke of responsibility toward ‘the poor’ to which the good Christian law maker actually said “Jesus NEVER said that”-and there we have the mindset of our vulture capitalist, self serving, money driven representatives in Congress!


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