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New 14 Day Lockdown In Effect On Pine Ridge Reservation

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – A new 14-day lockdown began Saturday morning on the Pine Ridge Reservation as Oglala Sioux Tribal President Julian Bear Runner tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19.

The latest in a series of lockdown orders from Bear Runner bans non-tribal members from coming onto the reservation, except for vendors making needed deliveries, while residents are limited to only essential travel. Violations bring an automatic $100 fine.

The tribal council has identified tribal members deemed essential workers and issued them permits that allow them to travel as needed.

The lockdown order closes the South Unit of Badlands National Park, which is located on the reservation. The park had earlier closed all its entrance stations and visitor centers under National Park Service coronavirus rules.

Roads, overlooks, and trails in the North Unit of Badlands remain open to the public with the requirement that visitors maintain social distancing.