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Oglala Sioux Tribe

Social Service Office

P. O. Box 2070

Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770


FAX 605.867.1788


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This application is to be handed in

to the Social Service Office.



Priority Medical Assistance

  • Cancer patients (Chemo Therapy, and Radiation)
  • Dialysis patients
  • Heart patients
  • Other emergencies (Emergency referred by IHS) life threatening conditions.


Travel to and from medical treatment:

  • Travel not exceeding a 150 mile radius will receive a gas ticket (excluding priority medical assistance.)
  • Cancer, Dialysis, and heart patients will receive a check from anywhere to $25-$75 (amount is subject to change at any time.)
  • If patients have to stay overnight they will receive a check for $100.00.
  • IF patient is traveling over a 150 mile radius will receive $200.00.
  • Gas vouchers for medical appointments outside of IHS, such as Ear, Dental and other non-life threatening routine medical exams.
  • Life threatening illnesses (referred by IHS through life-flight/ or ambulance) not to exceed a $100 check per week if patient remains in ICU.
  • Surgery appointments and all other follow-ups are eligible for GAS TICKET ONLY.
  • No limit of help for Cancer, heart and Dialysis patients. Appointment must relate to the illness (heart, cancer & Dialysis).
  • 90 day limit of help for all others requesting help.
  • 45 day limit for all elders (can take it case by case).
  • Absolutely no assistance for members living off of the reservation.
  • If not on Medicaid we will look at it case by case, but must reside on the reservation and be an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe.
  • Gas tickers only for appointments on the reservation
  • All requests must be filled out at least a day in advance (only life/death emergencies are acceptable.)
  • IF checks are made out to a certain individual, that individual whose name is on the check must pick up check in person. (Only exceptions for this are cancer, dialysis and hearts patients.)
  • All requests must have proof and will be verified by our office.
  • A form will be given to all who receive assistance from our office; this form must be given to your provider to fill out and ensure that you attended your appointment and must be returned back to our office in a timely manner.
  • If the individual does not bring back this form then he/she will not receive assistant again.
  • If we can’t assist we will refer you to the IHS van because most assistance requested is for food and gas but the van will provide the ride and a sack lunch.





  • Must be enrolled in tribe with proof for who ever is requesting assistance.
  • 90 day policy applies to whoever is requesting assistance.
  • Members asking for assistance must provide correct documentation.
  • Examples of assistance requested are as follows: Books, application fees, emergency pickup of a child/ college student, school supplies, and travel assistance.


Activity Assistance

  • $250 maximum amount for all youth teams.
  • Assist teams once a month with entry fee.
  • Must show proof that the team is raising money on their own.
  • 90 day policy applies for all teams/ people asking for assistance.
  • All activities must be verified on and off the reservation.
  • Teams or persons asking for assistance must reside on reservation boundaries.


Burial Assistance

  • Transportation of deceased family member who passed away off the reservation will not be allowed.


Wake expenses

  • One time amount of $300.00 will be given to family member who is responsible for arrangements of the deceased enrolled tribal members.
  • Two star quilts will be donated to the family of the deceased.


Food Vouchers

  • Refer to local food banks
  •  Transit tickets
  • One transit ticket can be issued to one person per household.


Rental Assistance

  • Absolutely no rental assistance off or on the reservation.


Propane, Electricity and Wood

  • Starting point for this would be October 1st- April 15th
  • Limit for one household is 1,000 in this time period.


Weekend Emergency Assistance

  • Only gas tickers will be available on the weekend in case of an emergency.


Eye glasses

  • Must have a denial letter from Medicaid.
  • One time assistance of $80.00 to purchase glasses.



  • WE want to get put on the list to receive NAHA merchandise.


Tribal/ State ID’s

  • A $15-$20 one time help to OST members to get their IDs


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PO BOX 2070

107 West Main St

Pine Ridge SD 57770

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