The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross of Montana for its relief efforts to assist American Indian communities affected by flooding along the Little Bighorn and Missouri Rivers.
Flooding first devastated the Crow Indian Reservation. According to a June 18 article on GreatFallsTribune.com, damage caused by rain and flooding during May to the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana amounted to $879,168, or about one-tenth of the $8.6 million in damages reported statewide.
Then flooding grew to include the Fort Belknap Indian Community and Rocky Boy and Fort Peck Indian Reservations. In response the American Red Cross of Montana was called into action to provide emergency relief through shelter operations, mass care and feeding.
San Manuel’s contribution is intended to support recovery and clean up efforts which continue to be hampered by a limited availability of funds and potential for more flooding as winter snows melt. In the near term, funds will be used to secure on-going shelter and the necessities of daily living for families displaced from their homes.
“San Manuel recognizes that our brothers and sisters in Montana are facing a difficult period of recovery and want them to know that we stand by them through this process,” said San Manuel Chairman James C. Ramos in a statement. “We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with the American Red Cross. They have the capability, organization and expertise to mobilize quickly and effectively when disasters strike anywhere in the world.”