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Sioux Nation emergency being used for scamming

From: Branwyn
Sent on: Thursday, February 11, 2010 11:05 AM
UH OH!!!  I am so sorry to have been a party to perpetrating a scam.  Apparently there are people out there who are evil enough to try to capitalize on the suffering of elders to scam a buck.  I passed along an e-mail from a source I trusted because she had received it from a source SHE knows and trusts.  You'd think I'd know by now that I have to investigat EVERYTHING myself.  Please accept my apologies and my promise that I won't ever pass anything else along without first investigating it myself.
Anyway, to now get out the CORRECT info, I'm pasting below the OFFICIAL press release from the Sioux Nation (taken from their website).  The need does exist, as you'll see (energy and housing assistance funds are depleted), but the way to respond to the need is different. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010




For more information, contact:

Loretta Afraid of Bear-Cook, OST Public Relations

C/O: OST Media Center

Telephone: (605)[masked] | e-mail: [address removed]


PINE RIDGE, So. DAKOTA - The Oyate (People) of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

recently experienced a series of harsh blizzards and extreme weather beginning in late December. Hundreds of

families were ill prepared for the high winds, whiteouts and heavy snowfall that closed all roads and highways across

the reservation. Many households eventually ran out of propane, firewood, food and medical supplies.

Tribal President, Theresa Two Bulls, immediately established a Command Post out of her office and organized the

Emergency Management Team to begin the task of assessing the situation. The team paid particular attention to tribal

members with severe medical needs such as heart and dialysis patients. The Oglala (Sioux) Lakota Housing Authority

under the direction of Paul Iron Cloud; the Energy Assistance Director, Denise King Red Owl; Monica Terkildsen,

Emergency Response; and David Kelly from the OST Transportation Department; all provided the core guidance to

the agencies to ensure that all calls were addressed. Without the care and compassion of all resource agencies, the task

of responding to the needs would have been next to impossible.

The disaster prompted other tribes, non-profit corporation and individuals to respond with food, clothing and financial

assistance. Sadly, the disaster had also resulted in tribal members and outside organizations ���scamming��� for funding

on the internet claiming to raise funds for the poor and needy on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. President Two

Bulls advises the public that these Organizations have not received permission from the Oglala Sioux Tribe to solicit

funds on behalf of the Oglala tribal membership.

President Two Bulls requests that any Tribe, organization or individual who wish to donate for emergency assistance

can send directly to the Oglala Sioux Tribe in care of Dean Patton, Treasurer, Oglala Sioux Tribe, P.O. Box 2070, Pine

Ridge, South Dakota 57770. Mr. Patton has established an emergency fund for such donations. Funds will be used

exclusively for heating costs for electrical, propane, fuel oil and firewood needs. The Housing and Energy Assistance

funds have been depleted.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is very grateful to the organizations, tribes and individuals who have contacted President Two

Bulls with generous outpouring of help for this ongoing need. President Two Bulls also expresses her sincere

gratitude to all who have kept the Oglala Sioux Tribe in their prayers. She can be contacted via her direct line: (605)

[masked], or e-mail: [address removed].

Update: Due to the State of Emergency on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, the Oglala Sioux Tribe opened

the doors at the Prairie Wind Casino Hotel to care for 25 dialysis patients and 10 supporting staff from Cheyenne

River. According to media reports, electrical power will be restored in approximately 10 to 14 days.

For more information and updates, log on to the official website of the Oglala Sioux Tribe:


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--- On Wed, 2/10/10, Branwyn <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Branwyn <[address removed]>
Subject: Fwd: please consider helping if you're able
To: "'BARBARA Stafford'" <[address removed]>, "'Courtney Starwolf'" <[address removed]>, "Abbe Richardson" <[address removed]>, "Ahriana Platten" <[address removed]>, "Ahriana Platten" <[address removed]>, "Ali" <[address removed]>, "Allison" <[address removed]>, "Amelia" <[address removed]>, "Amy Haddon" <[address removed]>, "Andrea Sanchez" <[address removed]>, "Andy B" <[address removed]>, "Anne Hill" <[address removed]>, "April" <[address removed]>, "Aramme" <[address removed]>, "Ariana" <[address removed]>, "Arlene" <[address removed]>, "Autumn Rain" <[address removed]>, "Bev Walton~Porter" <[address removed]>, "Bill" <[address removed]>, "Bill" <[address removed]>, "Briar Rose" <[address removed]>, "BRIELLE BLAIR" <[address removed]>, "Brook" <[address removed]>, "CELESTE RESHA" <[address removed]>, "Christopher Penczak" <[address removed]>, "Cindy" <[address removed]>, "Corvia Ballefuocco" <[address removed]>, "Darcy" <[address removed]>, "Deborah Helin" <[address removed]>, "Diane McRae" <[address removed]>, "Dutch & Denise Ackart" <[address removed]>, "Elena" <[address removed]>, "Elona Shrum" <[address removed]>, "Feral" <[address removed]>, "Fiona" <[address removed]>, "Gina Jones" <[address removed]>, "Heidi Jimerson" <[address removed]>, "Jaimie Dunn" <[address removed]>, "Jasper Koenig" <[address removed]>, "Jenn" <[address removed]>, "Jessica ODell" <[address removed]>, "Joy" <[address removed]>, "Joyce" <[address removed]>, "Judith" <[address removed]>, "Kamala" <[address removed]>, "Kathy Higgins" <[address removed]>, "Kathy Higgins" <[address removed]>, "Kit" <[address removed]>, "Kit Flint" <[address removed]>, "Laura Rees" <[address removed]>, "Lazlo" <[address removed]>, "Leni Austine" <[address removed]>, "Lori Daviau" <[address removed]>, "Lorilei Bourell" <[address removed]>, "Lorilei L. Bourell" <[address removed]>, "Margaret" <[address removed]>, "Maria" <[address removed]>, "Mary Fulster" <[address removed]>, "MaryDawn" <[address removed]>, "Meetup" <[address removed]>, "Michele" <[address removed]>, "Michelle Castle" <[address removed]>, "Muse" <[address removed]>, "Pixie" <[address removed]>, "Rhiannon" <[address removed]>, "Riyana" <[address removed]>, "Rowan NightStarr" <[address removed]>, "Rowan" <[address removed]>, "Samantha" <[address removed]>, "Sandy" <[address removed]>, "sara blanchette" <[address removed]>, "Shen-Tat" <[address removed]>, "Sif Redeagle" <[address removed]>, "Silvermoon" <[address removed]>, "Skathach" <[address removed]>, "Starwolf GypsyDancer" <[address removed]>, "Susan Feller" <[address removed]>, "Tara" <[address removed]>, "Terri" <[address removed]>, "Thornius" <[address removed]>, "ThunderStorm / Coni" <[address removed]>, "Tina Robbins" <[address removed]>, "Todd" <[address removed]>, "Val" <[address removed]>, "VellaRose" <[address removed]>, "Victoria" <[address removed]>, "Victoria" <[address removed]>, "Will" <[address removed]>, "Of The Royal Meadow" <[address removed]>, "Mountain Hawk Lady" <[address removed]>, "Starhawk" <[address removed]>, "Cedar" <[address removed]>, "Morgana" <[address removed]>, "Meetup" <[address removed]>
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 9:18 AM

The emergency is that Sioux elders are freezing to death.  (There's a complete description of the situation pasted below.)  I'm going up there the week of Feb. 22 to take blankets and clean, wearable, non-tattered used coats, jackets, sweaters, and other warm clothes. I'll also be visiting the LaCreek Utility to make sure money goes into the right accounts for propane. If you'd like to contribute items or money, please send an e-mail to [address removed]  Thanks!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ann Grant Martin <[address removed]>
Date: Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 7:15 AM
Subject: Fwd: please consider helping if you're able
To: [address removed]

This email was sent to me today by Grandmother Celinda who knows these families the power and beauty of their tradition and their hardships.
At the very end of following video link , Keith Oberman is describing the negligence of the Indian Affairs Committee in responding to this disaster. It may be up to us to step in and help.[masked]

If you know people or organizations who might be interested to help support, kindly send this message on.


A State of Emergency has been declared on the Pine Ridge Lakota "Sioux"
Indian Reservation. People have died. Many more people are at risk of
freezing to death. Another cold front is coming in, yet where is the
national media coverage?

Does the 'Lacreek Electric Company' - a non-Indian utility often thought
to be prejudice, care that people are suffering, since they are pulling
meters every day? (which is illegal throughout the rest of the u.s. during
the winter months).

What will Obama and the federal government do about this? While they dig
out Haitians, indigenous people right here may freeze to death. What are
we going to do about it?

Help put this message out for help. The children and families of the Pine
Ridge Indian Reservation need our help now. It is urgent that all 40,000
residents of the Oglala Nation have electricity and propane.

Call LaCreek toll free at or to see how you can
help pay into a customer���s account, example $5 into ten customers would
require a $50 donation by you. Tell LaCreek to make sure tanks are full
for ALL area residents between the months of November to March ��� and to
collect any delinquent payments between April and October.

Also, check out this non-profit to see if it is appropriate for you:
Arlene Catches The Enemy Ext 13.
Tax Deductable, Non-Profit (501-c-3). She can take credit cards over the
phone: Pine Ridge Emergency Fund, C/O Economic Development Administration
PO Box 669, Pine Ridge, SD[masked]

And call Lakota Plains Propane at and find out what homes have
elderly or children and if they need money put down on their account to be
able to have a warm home tonight.


List to assist Elders at Pine RidgeShare

Below are several Elders in the Kyle Community of Pine Ridge that are in
immediate need of assistance. The contact information has been confirmed
and permission has been granted to share their information with you.

There are several ways I will mention where assistance is needed and I'll
share here before I begin the information for where you can assist in
paying for Propane for those who need it or to contact a local grocery
store to pay for food for families who need this. Other ways of assisting
the individual families will be listed with their contact information

To pay for propane for any individuals listed below use the information
here and be sure to make your payment to the account of the individual(s)
you choose to help. The propane company requires a minimum order of $120
of fuel before they will make a delivery to the individual. You can also
pay for a persons propane and they will credit the individuals account so
that when they do run out of any fuel they may have at the moment they can

simply call and the company will deliver more.

Lakota Plains Propane (will take credit card)
Highway 407
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

Be sure to request a receipt and use the contact for the person you are
helping to call and followup to be certain they received the help you paid


Kyle Grocery (will take credit card)
Owner: Liz May

Again be sure to follow up with the person you make a donation for to be
sure they received the appropriate credit for purchasing food.

Elders in need are as follows:

Adolph Bull Bear

He remains in need of continued assistance for propane, his son who is
disabled lives with him and he is in need of food assistance which you can

contact Kyle grocery (above) to make a donation for food. He will also
need help with his electric bill.

Arlene Talks (age 72)

She has a daughter and a granddaughter (age 7) who lives with her and is
in need of propane and food assistance and you can contact the propane and

grocery above to assist. You could also contact her for mailing address to

send items for her granddaughter such as clothes, etc.

Janice One Feather (age 61)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 44, Kyle SD 57752
For Propane Delivery give House # 307
She has two grandsons living with her. Asa Steele age 7 and Dillon
Westover age 9. You can mail donations for the two boys to the mailing
address above for her and if you mail by fedex, UPS, etc use the house
#307 Kyle SD 57752. She is in desperate need of food assistance and
propane and you can use the info for propane and grocery companies above
to pay for those items.

Donna Garnette

She has two grandchildren (Boy and girl), you can contact her for an
address to offer assistance in clothes, etc for the children. She is in
need of Propane and food assistance and you can use the info above for
both companies to assist them with that.

Lilly Mae Red Eagle (age 88)

Mailing address: P.O. Box 2, Kyle SD 57752
For propane delivery give House #HC2
She is in need of Propane and food assistance. You can use the info above
for both companies to assist them with that. For deliveries by fedex, ups,

etc use the house #HC2 Kyle SD 57752

Perlene Yellow Wolf (age 65 approx)

She is in need of propane and food assistance. She lives with her daughter

Crystal and three children. You can use the info above for both companies
to assist them with that. They have a lot of problems with pipes freezing
so if anyone in the immediate area could help with this that would be
greatly appreciated.

May you be richly blessed for sharing your blessings with these elders and

ensuring some relief to their suffering. Please help now as the need is
immediate but please remember to help again in the future if you are able
to as their needs are continual. Thank you in advance for sharing your
love and helping these elders.

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