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YST Angered By Governor Noem’s Inaction To Flooding Of Housing Development

Aug 13, 2019 | ,

(KVHT) – The Yankton Sioux Tribe is blaming South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem for the five-month flooding of a tribal housing development outside of Lakes Andes. Yankton Sioux officials released their allegations in a statement earlier this week. Leaders with the Yankton Sioux said the flooding has strained the tribe’s infrastructure and the statement says that as a result, more than 60 families have been impacted by the expanding Lake Andes – and that their access to emergency and basic life services is now extremely limited and their homes are slowly becoming uninhabitable. In a response Monday evening, the governor noted she visited the Charles Mix County community, at which time she offered state assistance to city, county and tribal officials. According to the governor’s press secretary, Governor Noem visited Lake Andes and the Yankton Sioux Tribe housing development in July to extend a helping hand and see first-hand the impact of flooding there. Noem’s plans for addressing the Lake Andes flooding includes raising the highway grade specifically to include a secondary road between tribal housing and the highway to Lake Andes at no cost to the tribe. The only requirement, according to the governor’s spokesperson, is a tribal resolution authorizing work on their road, which she states has not been received. The Yankton Sioux Tribe blames a blocked culvert for the flooding, asserting the state should replace the culvert. Tribal officials criticize state officials for what the tribe calls a lack of action.

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