Cheyenne River to take Governor’s plan for checkpoints “into consideration”
PIERRE, S.D. — After Gov. Kristi Noem proposed, by letter, a three-part plan for tribal checkpoints, Cheyenne River Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier responded Wednesday to say the tribe “will take [the] three-part plan into consideration.”
On Friday, Gov. Noem threatened the Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux Tribes with legal action should they refuse to remove their checkpoints on State and U.S. highways within 48-hours of her notice. The time period has come and gone — yet no suit has been filed.
The Governor argues the legality of the checkpoints and says the state has received complaints that the checkpoints have interfered with business and landowners near both the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the Cheyenne River Reservation.
Gov. Noem said Tuesday they continue to look for a solution “that respects tribal sovereignty, federal law and state sovereignty.”
In response to Gov. Noem’s letter, Chairman Frazier wrote that he appreciates the Governor’s concern about preventing the spread on the CRST but the tribe will take the plan into consideration.
“In the meantime, please forward any complaints you have received regarding the operation of our health safety checkpoints to the CRST COVID-19 Command Center,” said Frazier.
NewsCenter1 reached out to Governor’s office for comment but did not immediately hear back.