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Yankton Sioux Nation Struggling To Recover From Climate Disasters Without Federal Assistance


December 3, 2019

The Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota has been hit with a series of weather disasters, including flooding rains, in 2019. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota has experienced flooding rains and a series of other extreme weather events over the past year. While the state has received federal recovery money for surrounding areas that were affected, the sovereign nation has been turned down by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Guard and other federal agencies.

The Yankton Sioux is a sovereign nation and one of seven tribes in South Dakota. Unemployment rates on the reservation are at 85 percent, reports The Guardian, and a third of the population of 9,000 live in federal public housing projects managed by the tribal housing authority. Many residents do not have flood insurance. Furthermore, under the Trump administration, they have experienced budget cuts.


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