The governor of South Dakota has given an ultimatum to two Sioux tribes: Remove checkpoints on state and US highways within 48 hours or risk legal action.
Gov. Kristi Noem sent letters Friday to the leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe demanding that checkpoints designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus on tribal land be removed, the governor’s office said in a statement.
“We are strongest when we work together; this includes our battle against Covid-19,” Noem said. “I request that the tribes immediately cease interfering with or regulating traffic on US and State Highways and remove all travel checkpoints.”
— CRSTChairman (@CRSTChairman) May 8, 2020
A state is telling a Native community that they can’t take steps to protect themselves from a deadly infectious disease. https://t.co/FXFMKS24Qp
— Ayan Chatterjee (@goayango) May 9, 2020
Gov. Noem sent letters Friday to the elected heads of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe, telling them they had 48 hours to take down traffic checkpoints on the highways at the edges of their reservations, or face legal action. https://t.co/xq0U2TU6VG
— KELOLAND News (@keloland) May 9, 2020