Noem Gives Oglala Sioux, Cheyenne River 2 Days To End Checkpoints

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Friday gave the Oglala Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes 48 hours to remove tribal COVID-19 checkpoints from state and U-S highways.

Noem’s letters to OST President Julian Bear Runner and Cheyenne River Chairman Harold Frazier say the state will take necessary legal action if they fail to meet her deadline to “cease interfering with or regulating traffic” on the highways.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a memorandum on April 8th saying tribal governments lack the authority to close or restrict travel on state or federal highways without consulting with the state and reaching an agreement first.

Noem says both tribes did neither, but went ahead and set up its checkpoints to control and restrict the travel of those who are not members of their respective tribe.

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