Stranded Native Americans burn clothes to keep warm in winter storm | Popgen Tech


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Native American representatives in South Dakota are asking for immediate help as their communities hit by heavy snow face shortages of essential products.

US media quoted one official as saying that some people were burning their clothes to keep warm because they did not have access to firewood.

More than 30 inches (76 cm) of snow covered the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, but strong winds piled up 12 feet (3.6 m) of snow.

The president of the Oglala Sioux tribe, Frank Starr Kays-Out, told BBC News they are fighting a losing battle.

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And the governor of South Dakota announced the activation of the National Guard.

According to reports, the equipment is failing as diesel turns into a gel in the cold.

As a result, some rescuers rode horses and sleighs, or simply walked.

It remained unclear how many of the tribe’s 46,000 members ended up on the reservation’s three million acres, roughly the size of Connecticut.

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