By Tim Leeds 

Baucus calls Sunchild 'Hero of the Day'


Montana's senior senator Monday named Bruce Sunchild, interim chair of the Chippewa Cree Tribe's Business Committee, as one of his heroes for work dealing with Montana flooding.

"Back-to-back flooding disasters have really strained folks in the community. Bruce has a lot of pots on the fire, and he's doing a heck of a job putting his community first to get through this year's disaster, " Baucus said. "I encourage Montanans everywhere to join me in recognizing Bruce for his round-the-clock commitment to his community as our Montana Hero of the Day.

"Bruce has gone the extra mile for his neighbors, and I have no doubt he will continue to make sure the Chippewa Cree Tribe emerges from this even stronger, " Baucus added.

Sunchild, who took over as interim chair last month, has led the tribal government in its second round of flooding in two years.

Heavy rain two weekends ago led to flooding on the reservation, less than a year after two months of flooding led to President Barack Obama declaring a federal disaster for the reservation.

Baucus has been naming people who have been dealing with flooding "Montana Hero of the Day" in an effort to call attention to people who have gone "above and beyond the call of duty" to help their neighbors with flooding.

In his release announcing Sunchild's award of the title, Baucus commended the leader for his work.

Many of the areas hit by floodwaters this year had not yet fully recovered from last year's floods which destroyed the Chippewa Cree Tribe's health facility, public infrastructure and homes on the reservation, Baucus' release said.

"Sunchild has been working around the clock to coordinate disaster response efforts at every level from housing to public infrastructure to making sure tribal members with specific health needs were able to be evacuated first, " the release said. "He's also coordinating the ongoing effort to disinfect wells contaminated by floodwaters and to repair individual septic tanks. "


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