OST Orders 72-HR Reservation Lockdown After 2 COVID-19 Cases

PINE RIDGE – The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council Executive Committee has issued an emergency 72 hour lockdown for the Pine Ridge Reservation following the confirmation of 2 cases of COVID-19 in the Wounded Knee District. The committee acted at an emergency meeting last night.

OST public information officer Karen Eagle says the Indian Health Service reported that both people are in the same household.

The lockdown order covers the entire reservation and includes a provision placing all law enforcement and Parks and Rec officers on the reservation on 12-hour shifts with at least one officer at each of the tribe’s coronavirus highway checkpoints.

Those are the same checkpoints, along with similar ones on the Cheyenne River Reservation, that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is going to federal court to have removed, a position she repeated at a news conference yesterday – although she also the state will be taking action to “get some clarity on how to move forward.”

OST President Julian Bear Runner stood his ground yesterday as well, saying the checkpoints will stay in place in an effort to protect both tribal members and non-members.

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