Tribal nation trapped in South Dakota defying racist governor

We already know South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is a racist and in past years the Trump Organization has used the federal courts to punish tribal nations who built casinos Donald Trump said were competition. Today the White House is deploying COVID-19 as a biological weapon in Indian Country but one Tiospaye is fighting back.
As COVID-19 began to spread across the country in late March, the tribal chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe ordered checkpoints on that would limit non-reservation travelers into the Cheyenne River Indian Reservations. Chairman Harold Frazier had a reason for the checkpoints: He wanted to protect his tribal citizens and limit the virus from spreading on the reservation. The checkpoint where the U.S. Highway 212 enters the reservation drew the attention of Bureau of Indians Affairs (BIA) Director Darryl LaCounte in Washington, D.C. Last week, several South Dakota tribal officials expressed their concerns that South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has not acted strongly enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 as have other state governors. So far, she has not instituted a stay-at-home order, banned evictions and power shut-offs, or closed nonessential businesses.
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1 comment:

larry kurtz said...

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe said no to South Dakota governor’s demand to take down checkpoints.