Military trucks full of timber were on a mission to Pine Ridge Reservation Wednesday to help people like Charles Newholy.
"I know there's a lot of people here that burn a lot of wood," said Newholy. "There's probably about 75% of the residents here still use wood."
Taken from Black Hills National Forest, these trees were delivered to Pine Ridge as part of a humanitarian project done by the National Guard during Golden Coyote Training."The feel good feeling that you get when you help a community," said Jeremy Breazile, Nebraska National Guard. "It's really nice."
Starting around 2006, timber was brought to Pine Ridge as a way to help people with their basic needs. "Primarily we'll be using it for cooking, to heat up, water, to cook food," said Newholy."Basically to keep the house warm."
Besides just helping the people on the reservation, the National Guard says it is good training to help civilians, who may not know what the military does domestically. "I think it's a good experience one, not just for me, but for my troops. They get good training, it gives the National Guard a good representation," said Breazile.
The wood is going to sit at Pine Ridge, and it's free to the people who need it.