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Cherokee Nation Crews Assist Storm Victims

Native American News, Posted: Feb 07, 2009

Responding to recent ice storms that hit northeastern Oklahoma, members of the Cherokee Nation mobilized quickly, providing hundreds of gallons of water, food, cots, blankets, and other supplies, reports the Native American Times. The tribe served as the backup resource to city and county emergency teams, helping elders in need and cleaning downed trees from roads.

"In the spirit of gadugi, we have activated our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to work with other local, county and state emergency centers and shelters to help the victims who are suffering from damages caused by this recent storm," said Chad Smith, chief of the Cherokee Nation.

One family was particularly appreciative of the Cherokee Nation's aid efforts. Lou Cummings, her son Dave and Lou's 101-year-old mother found themselves out of power for several days in their rural residential area.

"I made a call to the Cherokee Nation and in the same day we had a generator as well as food and water," Dave Cummings said. "I was really worried about my grandmother.


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