FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) - The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has opened shelters for people without adequate heat due to a propane shortage exacerbated by recent cold weather.
The reservation straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The tribe has opened shelters in Fort Yates on the North Dakota side and in Appall on the South Dakota side.
The American Red Cross chapter in Rapid City is providing meals at both locations, along with cots and blankets.
U.S. Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota say the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is allowing truck drivers who transport propane in the region to work longer hours, to help alleviate the shortage. Governors in the Dakotas issued state-specific waivers earlier this month.
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