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Reservation with Propane Crisis Gets Help

Created: 02/10/2014 11:29 AM WDIO.com

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An American Indian reservation in the Dakotas that has been hard hit by the nation's propane shortage is getting help from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux.

The Minnesota tribe that operates several enterprises including a casino and runs a charitable giving program is giving the Standing Rock Sioux $500,000 for propane.

As many as 5,000 homes on the reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border rely on propane, and many residents can't afford the higher fuel prices tied to the shortage.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple issued a statement Monday saying the state also is offering help to the tribe.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux also is giving $300,000 to the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and $70,000 to the Santee Sioux Nation in Nebraska for propane.

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