South Dakota Gov. Calls on Trump to Settle Dispute with Tribes Over Checkpoints

South Dakota Gov. Calls on Trump to Settle Dispute with Tribes Over Checkpoints

May 22, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has requested that the White House intervene in the state’s dispute with tribal leaders over coronavirus testing checkpoints along state and federal highways, Fox News reports.

In a letter to President Donald Trump sent Thursday, Noem claimed that the Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux Tribes have “unlawful tribal checkpoints” set up to keep uninvited nonresidents off of reservations during the coronavirus crisis.

“We’ve been working for weeks to find a solution to the tribal checkpoints issue that respects both tribal and state sovereignty while following federal law,” the governor wrote in a tweet on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, the tribes have continued to operate checkpoints on State and US highways.”

Noem previously threatened to sue the tribes if they didn’t cease conducting highway stops, but backed down and attempted to negotiate instead.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe chairman Harold Frazier wrote a letter to the governor last week informing her that the tribes will take her request to restrict the checkpoints to tribal roads into consideration, but noted that he thinks their sovereignty allows them to instate checkpoints at any place on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, which is located in the northern region of the state.

“This is our home and this is our land,” Frazier said. “One does not come into somebody’s house and tell them how to live.”

via newsmax

Recent Comments

  1. Mick

    May 22, 2020 @ 2:30 pm

    May be there is a way to set up ‘travel corridors’, something like the Helmstadt – Berlin autobahn in divided Germany.

  2. Joseph Corson

    May 22, 2020 @ 3:17 pm

    That stupid Nazi South Dakota Governor is a moron! She knew full well her order was un-Constitutional but she stupidity put it in place anyway! Let the ignorant cow resolve it herself! She made her own power crazed moves, let her settle it! Don’t enable this idiot any longer Mr. President!

  3. Donny D

    May 22, 2020 @ 5:48 pm

    I agree with Chairman Frazier.
    No one should go into someone’s home and tell them how to live.
    AND, as long as that reservation is not getting U.S. tax payer money, U.S. citizens should not have access to that reservation land.
    But U.S. citizens should be able to use state and federal highways, that their tax dollars have paid for, without the intrusion of any testing.

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