Oglala Sioux Tribe announces travel restrictions for coronavirus

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PINE RIDGE, S.D. — On Sunday Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner announced he is suspending travel of officials and employees to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In his executive order Pres. Bear Runner said, “In order to protect the health and general welfare of the Oglala Lakota Nation, I strongly recommend the general public coming from off the reservation, to visit, to postpone your visits until a time deemed necessary that the travel suspension is lifted.”

He is also calling for a special meeting Monday morning for tribal programs to learn about coronavirus readiness, and hopes to develop an education campaign about the virus.

Members of the reservation are asked to limit time off the reservation, especially in places with confirmed cases.

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