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Two storms ripped across the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in late June and early July, and the tribe is requesting a disaster be declared by President Donald Trump.

In a news release, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier states the two severe storms destroyed property and knocked out power at spots across the reservation. Even the tribal government headquarters in Eagle Butte suffered broken windows and gutters, damaged roofs and downed trees.

"The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has activated its emergency management plan to mitigate losses to life and limb," an executive resolution reads.

In addition to Eagle Butte, the towns of Cherry Creek and Red Scaffold were "hit particularly hard," according to the release. 

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The resolution asks Trump and FEMA to work with the tribal government to assess damages and provide public assistance. 

Contact Christopher Vondracek at Christopher.Vondracek@rapidcityjournal.com.

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