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Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council Offers $25,000 in aid to Shoshone-Paiute Tribes

DUCK VALLEY, Idaho - The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has given $25,000 in aid to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation after the 1,000-square-mile Murphy Complex Fire damaged transmission and power lines, along with significant areas of the Shoshone-Paiute reservation.    

"The Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council stands ready to support members of our Idaho tribal family," said Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Chief Allan.  "After the community spent a week without power, and after learning about the devastation caused by this massive wildfire, we hope to provide some comfort to those in need."

Residents of the Duck Valley Reservation, which straddles the Idaho-Nevada border, were without electricity for 8 days after the fire raged through and burned down about 200 power poles. 

The Chairman of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe, Kyle Prior, declared a state of emergency for the reservation, while also directing tribal emergency services to provide water, ice, propane, flashlights and battery-operated fans to the community.

The Raft River Rural Electric Cooperative planned to transport a giant, 2,000-kilowatt generator from Denver today which is expected to provide some power resources to the area. 

After the loss of electricity Prior said that many Tribal members lost most of their frozen meat and groceries.

Prior said he's also working with federal Indian agencies to help soften the blow. 

The Murphy Complex fire is about 98 percent contained, but has consumed an area the size of Rhode Island.