Dear Mr. President -
THIS IS AN EMERGENCY ............ - PEOPLE AT BOTH CROW CREEK & PINE RIDGE ARE FREEZING TO DEATH - THIS IS A STATE OF DIRE EMERGENCY!!!!! WE MUST ACT NOW!!!!!
According to many news article posted on CARE2.Com - this one in particular, written by one of our Care2 members, which I'd like to bring to your attention and address an urgent need to assist the people of the Crow Creek Reservation.
The following was stated ....Monday December 7, 2009, 5:19 am
"During our trip to DC, we were notified by reservation officials and residents that Central Electric Cooperative was once again shutting off power on the reservation, (Crow Creek) despite the protection policy currently "in effect." I was both appalled and angered that as we stood there receiving promises from government leaders - and even the President himself - the people of Crow Creek were once again left in the cold. We must use this opportunity to make our voices heard to restore the rights and the lights of the people of Crow Creek.
These actions are blatant human rights violations and a direct destruction of this community.
Losing power is not just an inconvenience, it's life threatening. When a person gets their power cut, they not only lose their heat and lights, but they also lose their food and often times water. Due to freezing temperatures , water pipes can break costing the residents thousands of dollars in repairs which many can simply not afford. With limited job opportunities, the majority of these residents are denied the basic right to earn a living and are often denied government funding. Most families are forced to live on $25 per person, per week in food stamps, yet are charged higher rates for their power than any other region in the state. Many of these households have elderly family members or children whose lives depend upon electronic medical equipment such as nebulizers. With an unemployment rate of 80% and an average annual income of $5,000, it is extremely difficult for residents to pay these inflated bills. - And here's the kicker, the hydro electric damn that generates the power, is located on their reservation!
Despite CAN-DO's overwhelming documentation and shocking evidence, Central Electric Cooperative continues to terminate power though they claims that, "Central Electric does have a winter disconnect procedure whereby no meters are disconnected in cold or inclement weather." Yet, this continues to happen during the "protective policy" time period.
These are unacceptable conditions. This must be brought to the attention of the mainstream media and government officials and addressed as an emergency situation. The call to action is now!....
We are heading into winter and at night, temperatures are already dropping below zero. Power has been shut off in numerous homes leaving infants, veterans, and families in the cold."
Yet, Mr. President, today these conditions remain....
Do not let these abuses continue on our own soil. This momentous error has caused children and elderly to die - freezing to death.
These "poor" people are not residing in Haiti - they live here in the United States. You have stepped forward representing our country and given aid - to a devastated country - willingly and lovingly doing the right and proper thing, can you not also step forward for the American Indians of this Nation and make right so many of the 100's of treaties that these people in good faith signed and this "government" signed which were never honored?
Your correcting this terrible wrong, giving back heat - electricity and the means to prepare a simple meals - or to obtain water, would in fact be the most humanitarian event any President would have ever done for a Nation of Individuals so horribly mistreated. Your assistance for the Crow Creek Reservation would show the world and these people that the correction of this "error" would be the first step any President has taken to righting wrongs against their own people.
So many treaties have been broken by the United States in regards to the Indians. So We/I the undersigned, therefore ask that you search your heart and please allow these people the benefit of correcting this momentous wrong. Please allow an emergency bill to be enacted thereby restoring basic needs to this Reservation and all the Reservations that are suffering from inhuman standards of living. This course of action would symbolize a "first step to healing relations with OUR Native American People" .
Thank you for all your efforts in restoring a sense of dignity between the United States- the American People and The Native American People and their respective Tribes.
We/I implore you to gather leaders from all the Tribes - Reservation Representatives and the Tribal Council to form a committee to address these issues. We/I beseech you to not allow the "talks" to simply remain as talks - We/I implore all those people that you utilize in order to correct these wrongs actually to act - please do not simple talk.
All of us including those people whose lives we hope to touch and change for the betterment of future generations Thank You, for reading our petition and willingly stepping forward to make A Momentous Change.STATE OF EMERGENCY AT PINE RIDGE
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