CRST to take Noem’s plan into consideration

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Responding to a letter from Gov. Kristi Noem proposing a three-part plan for tribal health safety checkpoints, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier said on May 13 that he appreciates Noem’s concern about preventing the spread of the coronavirus on the reservation and that the tribe “will take (the) three-point plan into consideration.”

The week before, Noem threatened the Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux tribes with legal action if they refused to remove their checkpoints on state and U.S. highways within 48 hours. That time limit came and went with no suit being filed and the checkpoints remaining in place.

The proposed plan includes no tribal checkpoints on U.S./State highways, checkpoints acceptable on tribal and BIA roads, and reasonable tribal checkpoint accommodations must be available.





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