Disaster Relief: Help for Tribes
This is a reminder that National Relief Charities has a disaster relief service in place to help reservation communities during emergencies caused by fires, floods, tornadoes, or blizzards. If your reservation is in our service area, call 602-340-8040 (Southwest) or 602-399-9905 (Plains).
At the time of this writing, the Gladiator fire is burning in the Prescott National Forest in Yavapai County, AZ. The blaze has affected about 2,000 acres of forest and is reportedly only 5% under control. Firefighters are hoping the winds don’t blow the fire back toward Crown King, but most of the 350 summer occupants have already left.
We haven’t seen it mentioned in the media, but the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation borders the town of Prescott along Highway 69. The tribe operates Frontier Village, one of the area’s largest shopping centers, which has an Office Max, Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Blockbuster, and restaurants. They also operate two casinos and a hotel in the vicinity. More importantly, the reservation spans about 1,400 acres in Yavapai County and is home to about 200 tribal members.
**Richard Miller is the Program Manager for NRC’s Southwest Program Office and Distribution Center. He has been with National Relief Charities for 6 years and oversees NRC program services on more than 50 Southwest reservations.