National Guard Members distribute drinkable water to residents in the Pine Ridge Reservation. Photo from NPR.

In respect to our Executive Director Valerie Red-Horse Mohl’s Native American heritage, we would like to bring attention to a tragedy that has hit the Native American community. Over the past few days, severe winter storms have struck the states of South Dakota and Nebraska this month, resulting in four deaths and leaving residents in dire conditions, trapped in their homes. Moreover, a water break has left residents without running water.

“We have a saying in the Native American Community: ‘We Are All Related’. After working with so many wonderful people at SVC and our network, I believe that this applies to our impact community as well. It is in this spirit that I hope to raise awareness regarding the serious situation with some of our tribes in the mid-west and ask you to consider helping and spreading the word.” – Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, SVC Executive Director

On March 19th, 2019, Julian R. Bear Runner, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, issued a state of emergency for the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, due to severe weather, flooding, and blizzard conditions. Other tribes of the Great Plains have also suffered flooding, property damage, and have very limited access to medical treatment.

Despite the seriousness of the event, the news has not gained coverage on National media, but we invite our community to help. Please view the following links below to contribute/donate to the cause:


To see more information, view these articles on TIME and NPR.

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