Governor proposes three-part plan for Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe checkpoints

PIERRE, S.D. – The Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux Tribes refuse to remove their checkpoints per Governor Kristi Noem’s request. Though an ultimatum on Friday threatened otherwise, the Governor said Tuesday that no legal action has been taken.

Gov. Noem says they continue to work with the tribes to get the issues resolved, including a letter sent Tuesday to Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

In the letter, obtained by NewsCenter1 Tuesday afternoon, the Governor proposes a three-part plan.

“I continue to want our governments to work together cooperatively, and believe we can both accomplish our goals,” says the letter.

It calls for removal of all checkpoints on U.S. and State Highways, a stance on which the state has been firm.

“We’ve been consistent in our message that this becomes an issue when these checkpoints are set up on State highways and U.S. highways,” said Gov. Noem.

The second part of the plan says checkpoints on tribal and BIA roadways are acceptable. Part three requires those checkpoints to be “reasonable” and include access for emergency services, food deliveries, energy and medical supplies, and access to private property within the reservation.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Chairman Frazier had just received the letter and has not had an opportunity to respond.

Gov. Noem said they are anticipating a letter be sent to Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner as well.

You can view the letter below.

Gov. Noem letter to Chairman Frazier

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