Tribal volunteers help Florida residents respond to disaster
| 02.21.2007 | 07:02:55 | Views: 3246 | ID:
February 21 '07: In Florida, communities hit by recent tornados are getting recovery help from Native American tribal volunteers through the Tribal Civilian Community Corps, an organization begun and modeled after the National Civilian Community Corps.
The Fairbanks News Miner reported that after training for 10 months in Alaska, volunteers said they were ready to travel to Florida to help.The TCCC's (pronounced "T triple C") group in Alaska is made up of young Native Americans from across the U.S.. Once in Florida, "they will set up a headquarters at a campground in Leesburg, about an hour from the airport." "From there, they'll spend the next six weeks driving to communities hit by the storm where they will spend long, sweaty, back-breaking days to pick up debris, covering roofs with tarps and helping families begin to rebuild their homes," the News Miner reported. After Florida, some of the TCCC members will travel onto New Orleans to help with the continuing rebuilding efforts. "The corps also responded in the wake of a Columbine-like massacre at Red Lake High School on an Indian reservation in Northern Minnesota. Volunteers mentored youths and helped restore grounds used for powows," the News Miner continued. The TCCC also receives assistance from the Tanana Chiefs Conference, a group dedicated to advancing governmental and societal change for Native peoples.
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