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A presidential disaster declaration is in effect in counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey, an area which includes the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. The Tribe has no unmet needs according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and water is being provided by the American Red Cross. Louisiana is experiencing heavy rainfall and many parts are saturated from recent storms. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and other tribes in the Louisiana region have not reported any damages.  

According to the Red Cross, water rescues are ongoing and evacuation orders are in still effect throughout the region. Numerous hospitals and nursing facilities are evacuating patients and residents. All public transportation is at a halt. Schools and airports are closed and hundreds of thousands of people are still without power.  Latest estimates indicate that at least 19,000 people sought refuge in dozens of shelters in Texas and the numbers are expected to increase.  Shelters also are open in Louisiana as bands from the storm move east.

Tribal citizens from many Native nations reside in Houston and the surrounding area, and are likely to be homeless, staying in local shelters and faced with long-term food, clothing and shelter needs. 

The NCAI encourages Indian Country to reach out to assist the unfortunate disaster victims, Native and non-Native, by contributing to the Red Cross.  At this time, financial contributions are need and the best way to support those affected. To make a financial contribution, you can visit the Red Cross or call 1-800-REDCROSS; or visit https://www.crowdrise.com/arc-tribal-nations

NCAI Contact Information: Robert Holden, NCAI Deputy Directorrholden@ncai.org or (202) 466-7767 ext. 221.

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