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Sioux tribe rejects S. Dakota Gov.’s request to lift COVID-19 travel checkpoints

Sioux tribe rejects S. Dakota Gov.’s request to lift COVID-19 travel checkpoints

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe rejected South Dakota Gov. Noem’s request that the tribe remove COVID-19 traffic checkpoints from state and US highways. Noem sent a letter to the tribe demanding the checkpoints be taken down within 48 hours. Rejecting the request, the tribe Chairman said, ’The purpose of our actions is to, ’save lives rather than save face’’, besides calling her statement ’ignorant’.

Pryotra 3 months

If it's their land, then that's the end of it. If it's involving a federal road, however, then they need to cede.

Blaeingr 3 months

The actions of Tribal leadership is idiotic based on evidence we have about how COVID-19 spreads. However, it is their land, with the exception of Federal roads, and those could be forced open by the Feds. Ah, the wonderful times that we live in.

Jallal 3 months

Native Americans have plenty experience with disease based genocide, I say we let them have their say with this one, don’t you fellas?😎

Duane 3 months

The second exception sounds like it would apply here: Montana v. United States, 450 U. S. 544 •This case involved tribal jurisdiction and specifically that absent express authorization by federal statute or treaty, tribal jurisdiction over nonmembers’ conduct exists only in limited circumstances. There are two specific exceptions: 1. The first exception to the Montana rule covers “activities of nonmembers who enter consensual relationships with the tribe or its members, through commercial dealing, contracts, leases, or other arrangements.” 450 U. S., at 565. 2. The second exception to Montana’s general rule concerns conduct that “threatens or has some direct effect on the political integrity, the economic security, or the health or welfare of the tribe.” 450 U. S., at 566.

Max Bants
Max Bants 3 months

You know, when the Normans, Saxons and Romans dominated and colonised the British Isles and the various independent tribes within, they didn't take this sort of lip. You soft-hearted yanks.

Mathew 3 months

We need more places with the courage to defy state and federal leadership when the result of that leadership may result in endangerment of public health.

WWG1WGA 3 months

They should be allowed check points in and out of Rez but 0% on US roads or highways. Give them a case a whiskey will get them to calm down

الأكبر فادي
الأكبر فادي 3 months

Does the tribe own the roads?

Daniel McEwen
Daniel McEwen 3 months

I'm okay with this. They made a decision for themselves to keep certain people out for the duration. But it was their decision, not one illegally handed down to them above. People always think we're trying to dictate to people. We're not. It's all about being able to make choices. Want to stay inside? Stay inside. Want to go outside? Go outside. If I live with family members whose choices align with my own then there's really no issue. If that's not the case then other arrangements need to be worked out. If I, as an essential worker, live with someone who isn't, choices have to be made. No one in my household is especially concerned about it.

Darrell Vermilion
Darrell Vermilion 3 months

based and redpilled

Rational ific
Rational ific 3 months

I wonder, why not patrol off-ramps but let cars pass right through (in and out of their territory)? The disease isn't spread by cars...

Mutatis 3 months

Meh, the response by the Sioux official comes off like a fairly arrogant deflection, with the whole bit surrounding the defining of 'consultation', etc. In any case, just take it to the courts if it does not look like an agreement can be reached.

shawn 3 months

Great for them trying to save lives in the face of bad government and stupidity in my opinion

Jason Brown
Jason Brown 3 months

is south dakotas gov hot?

John W
John W 3 months

The area is remote and the just check people for illness. I know people who are very sick and local hospitals just tell them to stay home and call in no lab work, x-rays or medicine. If tribe gete sick the government will not help. So they have the right to take reasonable precautions. I don't know if they will succeed but they seem reasonable and not that restrictive. Nobody has the right to spread illness.

edwin 3 months

Sorry, but tribal authority has no say in the operation of existing state or federal highways, even if they adjoin or pass through tribal land. This is gonna hurt if the tribe pushes it too far, since they don't have a legal leg to stand on.

Bob 3 months

Hail to the Chief!

Kara 3 months

I live in the black hills of south dakota, the governor and mayor's have opened up everything, deadwood gambling, hospitality, bars and restaurants without meeting the CDC guidelines. Not many people wear masks or seem to care about what's going on with this pandemic. Our projected peak for covid cases is not until mid to late june. I support the tribes for taking care of their communities with such honor, speaking of their rights and solid facts. It speaks volumes about their concerns and integrity.

Sweet Meat
Sweet Meat 3 months

"Open this road up and take these blankets."

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