Gov Noem responds to OST President Bear Runner about COVID-19 checkpoints

PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem has written a response to the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe after President Julian Bear Runner rejected her request to remove COVID-19 checkpoints.

Governor Noem wrote to President Bear Runner that she wants the state and the tribal government to work together cooperatively.

She repeated her three-part plan, which includes removing the checkpoints on US and state highways, and makes it clear that no tribal permit is required for any travel on those highways.

The governor also wrote that because the tribe’s policies are not in accordance with those items, “I would ask that you immediately adjust them.”

She did not threaten any legal action in this letter as she did last week.

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