South Dakota Sioux Tribes COVID-19 Checkpoints

South Dakota Sioux Tribes COVID-19 Checkpoints

The Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux Tribes in South Dakota have set up checkpoints to check for COVID-19.

“One does not come into somebody’s house and tell them how to live.” – Harold Frazier, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Effect On Native Americans

The checkpoints are located on state and federal highways in South Dakota.

4,100 people in the state have been infected with COVID-19, including 260 Native Americans.

Video: News report on South Dakota checkpoints

Kristi Noem Response

Kristi Noem: Governor South Dakota
Kristi Noem: Governor South Dakota

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, has been trying to get the tribes to remove them.

Noem originally threatened to sue the tribes if they did not remove the checkpoints, but backed off her threat.

Noem did not issue a stay-at-home order like other governors despite the threat to Native tribes.

Noem is an ally of Donald Trump and a frequent guest of the right-wing Fox News.