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Death on Standing Rock Sioux Reservation ruled hypothermia

Filed Under: Environment | National
More on: charity, energy, north dakota, shakopee, standing rock sioux

An autopsy confirmed that hypothermia was the cause of death for a woman on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Debbie Dogskin, 61, froze to death in a home on the North Dakota portion of the reservation. Her body was found February 4 -- the overnight temperature had dropped to 1 degree below zero, the Associated Press reported.

Dogskin's death highlighted a heating crisis on the reservation and for tribes in the Great Plains. Many families were struggling to buy propane due to the rising costs.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota stepped and provided $1.4 million to help tribal members in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

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Hypothermia ruled cause of reservation death (AP 5/6)

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