Yankton Sioux Tribe forced out of its headquarters due to flooding
The Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has been forced out of its headquarters due to major flooding on the reservation.

A rain storm in June flooded the bottom floor of the headquarters. The tribe hasn't decided whether it will go back the building even if repairs are made.

"The building is usable, but we wouldn’t be able to use the bottom floor in case it should flood again,” Vice Chairwoman Karen Archambeau told The .Yankton Press & Dakotan. “If we had to relocate things to another floor, we would never have the needed amount of space."

The tribal council has been operating out of a building at the Marty Indian School. Tribal employees are working out of the library at the school and at a Bureau of Indian Affairs building.

A $100,000 donation from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota helped the tribe get back on its feet. The tribe also has received donations and supplies from nonprofits and churches and should be eligible for federal aid under an disaster declaration.

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Relief Efforts Flow Onto Reservation For Flood Victims (The Yankton Press & Dakotan 7/22)