New Mexico tribe puts damage estimate from hail storm at $2M
Preliminary estimates from Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico put damage from a recent hail storm at $2 million.

Of about 600 homes on the reservation, ninety-five percent suffered some type of damage during the October 2 storm. Ten percent are considered unlivable.

Gov. Bill Richardson (D) signed a disaster declaration for the reservation to allocate $250,000 for cleanup, repair and rebuilding of public infrastructure. The money, however, can't be used for individual homes so the tribe is looking for donations.

"We're a nongaming tribe," public information officer Kenny Pin told The Santa Fe New Mexican. "People always assume when they hear 'tribe,' 'Oh they have money,' but we don't."

Donations can be made to the Kewa Relief Fund at Wells Fargo bank. Supplies can be sent to the Kewa Pueblo Community Center on the reservation.

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