RAPID CITY–In the spirit of giving and in the interest of helping protect the homeless Native American community in Rapid City, several tribal-nations and one private organization gave selflessly earlier this year.
At its most recent Board of Directors meeting, the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board honored the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, the Sac & Fox Tribe of Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation), Oglala Sioux Tribe, and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe for their willingness to step up and provide financial support for their fellow tribal citizens living on the streets of Rapid City. Sarah Eagle Heart (Return to Heart Foundation) was also honored for her ability to raise money to help the Health oard respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With CARES Act dollars already present in tribal communities, some tribal nations already had the resources they needed to protect their communities from the pandemic. Four tribes, recognizing that many homeless tribal-citizens required their help, opted to return part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sub-grant to the Health Board for the sole purpose of aiding the homeless population. The funding was used the to provide temporary sheltering, access to testing, and other vital services.
We are grateful for the compassion these tribal-nations and individuals have for their fellow tribal-citizens living in Rapid City.