Two Sioux Nations Refuses To Remove COVID-19 Checkpoints

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The Ogala Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux nations will not comply with orders that threaten their safety.

Kristi Noem, the Republican Governor of South Dakota, warned that the Native American tribes could face legal action in federal court if they refuse to remove their health checkpoints by May 10th. This demand violates tribal sovereignty and puts lives at risk since the number of healthcare facilities on these reservations wouldn’t be enough to handle the outbreak. According to CNN, there’s a single facility with only 8 beds with no ICU for 12 thousand residents of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Since the state has never adopted shelter-on-place measures, both tribes were forced to take their own precautions by organizing several gates on their grounds. Right now, people can enter for essential business only, after taking a health survey.

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