Cheyenne River And Oglala Sioux Posting Checkpoints At Reservation Entrances As Precaution To Coronavirus

(KCCR) — Some South Dakota Native American tribes are posting checkpoints at the entrances to their respective reservations. The Cheyenne River Sioux and Oglala Lakota Sioux are taking such actions to attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Governor Kristi Noem says state officials have been working with Tribal officials for many weeks on the issue…

“We trust that the Tribe is being thoughtful in how they’re making their decisions and impacting our roadways.  We’re working with them very closely to make sure they’re allowing essential travelers, first responders to get through and not be slowed down or inhibited by the actions that they’re taking so.  I know our Secretary of Tribal Affairs Secretary Flute has visited with the BIA about this and we’ll continue to keep those lines of communication open.”
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Law Enforcement Chief Charles LeComp says the check points are not closing off state highways…

“I want to make that point clear.  We’re not turning anyone around unless they’re from out-of-state.  It’s just a check point to determine where the people are going and who they’re going to be in contact with.”
The checkpoints do not affect commercial drivers passing through the reservation. The checkpoints will monitor where incoming traffic is heading and if non-tribal or people who are not residents of Dewey or Ziebach Counties know where they are headed. The posts are all about protecting the health of the population…

“Yeah, we’re trying to control and you know and  protect the population of the Cheyenne River Reservation no matter who it is.”
The checkpoints are stationed on US Highway 212 on the west side of the Missouri River and at the Ziebach/Meade County line and State Highway 63 from north of Timber Lake to Foster Bay. The Oglala Sioux have similar checkpoints on South Dakota Highway 44 from State Highway 73 west to the White River crossing south of Interior; State Highway 40 at the Cheyenne River; US Highway 18 at the Fall River/Oglala Lakota County line and just west of Batesland and South Dakota Highway 407 south of Pine Ridge.