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Working with Indigenous Communities After a Disaster: Focus on South Dakota

Thursday, December 3, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm EST
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In Native cultures, relationships and the interconnectedness of land and peoples are critical. This is certainly true after disasters. Yet, the complex history of colonialism and the paternalistic nature of federal policies mean that working on tribal lands or with tribal communities can be very challenging.

We are hosting a webinar on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, to discuss working with Indigenous communities after a disaster. In this webinar, three Indigenous leaders – all grantees of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Midwest Early Recovery Fund Tribal Communities Disaster Recovery Program – will share their experiences in disaster recovery, explain how needs differ in their communities and share best practices for working together respectfully in ways that honor culture and land.


  • Shelly Saunsoci, long term recovery group director, Yankton Sioux Tribe, White Swan Community, South Dakota
  • Maretta Champagne, director Lakota Nation Disaster Resiliency, Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • Annie Loyd, emergency manager and community liaison, Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board, Rapid City, South Dakota
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