South Dakota governor gives Native American tribes 48 hours to remove roadblocks they had set up to keep out unnecessary visitors because of coronavirus concerns.

  • Gov. Kristi Noem said she would take legal action if the tribes didn’t remove the checkpoints.
  • Two tribes – the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe – set up the checkpoints last month in an attempt to lock down their reservations.
  • The tribes believe it is their sovereign right to control who comes on the reservation.
  • Tribes fear coronavirus could overwhelm already-fragile health systems location on the reservations.
  • Tribal chairman Harold Frazier issued a statement saying, “You continuing to interfere in our efforts to do what science and facts dictate seriously undermine our ability to protect everyone on the reservation.”
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