Pine Ridge Reservation on 72-hour lockdown after two COVID-19 cases confirmed
PINE RIDGE RESERVATION — According to members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s COVID-19 response task force, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is under a lockdown for the next 72 hours.
According to Dakota High Hawk, the Public Information Officer and Karen Eagle, the Tribes Media Specialist for the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s COVID-19 response task force, as of 7:32 p.m. on May 11, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is on lockdown for the next 72 hours.
During the lockdown, movement is shut down and no one is allowed to leave their residences or engage in essential business. Violators can be fined up to $1,000.
Officials confirmed in a Facebook Live announcement this evening that there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Wounded Knee District.
Members of the Task Force initiated quarantine protocol. The purpose of the lockdown is to prevent community spread.
Additionally, no one will be allowed to leave the reservation. However, dialysis needs and those and in need of emergency medial treatment are exempt. Those that have medical emergencies should call 911.
Farmers and ranchers are not allowed access to the reservation at this time.
You can view the resolution below. Those with additional needs can call the numbers listed below on the Helpline numbers.
During a special session, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Executive Board approved a resolution (Motion NO. 20-49XB). The motion was made by Jennifer Spotted Bear and seconded by Mason Big Crow through executive order, to have an emergency lockdown for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, effective immediately.
According to the the motion, All law enforcement will be on 12 hour shifts and at least one officer will be at every checkpoint. Parks and Recreation employees are also included in the 12 hours shifts at the checkpoints.