Editorial: Chippewa Cree Tribe deserves funds for recovery effort
"The dark cloud that dumped flukish heavy rains on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation back in June was no darker than the cloud of uncertainty hovering over the small northcentral Montana reservation in the two months since the deluge.

As the damage assessments mounted and the shape of federal disaster relief became clear, Chippewa Cree officials despaired over how they would raise the local quarter share of a $28 million damage estimate.

"We were trying to figure out how to come up with 25 percent because we didn't have it," said state Rep. Tony Belcourt, who lives on the reservation — where finances were something of an issue even before the flood disaster.

All of that changed last week when the tribe got word the federal government would waive the usual Federal Emergency Management Agency 25 percent requirement.

"The president has determined that the damage in the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy's Reservation ... is of sufficient severity and magnitude that special conditions are warranted," White House announced in a statement Friday."

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