President Bordeaux announces shutdown of Rosebud Indian Reservation

The order is effective at 10 p.m. on Sunday, October 18 until 6 a.m. on Thursday, October 22. 

ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D. — Due to the increase of COVID-19 and new reports of Influenza A cases, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has issued a lockdown of the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

In a video from the tribe’s YouTube Channel, Vice President Scott Herman of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, made the announcement that said an alarming amount of the cases on the reservation were found in children and that a quarter of the amount of active cases are among elders.

The order came from President Rodney M. Bordeaux.

“A significant amount of our people are not taking this threat seriously,” Herman said. “Our neighboring communities do not seem to be taking it seriously either. I want to personally thank those who have been wearing their masks and practicing social distancing.”

In the video, Herman said that even though some people believe a longer shutdown is necessary, the tribe has concluded that a temporary shutdown should be attempted first.

Herman also went on to say that the tribe has been in talks with their task force and Indian Health Service (IHS) on how to slow the spread of the virus.

The order, which is in accordance with Article 1, Clause 1 of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Bylaws and the tribe’s 2020-75 council resolution and was passed on March 5, 2020, is effective at 10 p.m. on Sunday, October 18 until 6 a.m. on Thursday, October 22. If the tribe sees no improvement in the number of confirmed cases, the order could extend past Thursday.

Herman said that the shutdown will apply to everyone except the following people:

  • (A) First responders, law enforcement, corrections personnel, fire and EMTs.
  • (B) People going to and from the hospital, doctors, dentists appointments, or those who are providing transportation for someone who is going to an appointment.
    • This includes Dialysis services. Those attending appointments must have documentation that provides proof of the appointment.
  • (C) – Medical personnel, professionals and essential staff who are going to and from work.
  • (D) – Clergy and medicine men who are engaged in pastoral care and related services.
  • (E) – Community offices who are engaged in assisting members and communities in obtaining services that are needed.
  • (F) – People who are needed to staff homeless shelters, children and women’s shelters.
  • (G) – Court personnel deemed essential by the Chief Judge.
  • (H) – Farmers and Ranchers tending to their crops and livestock.
  • (I) – Contractors who are assisting in building repairs associated with COVID-19 funds.

Businesses such as grocery stores should have no more than 50 people in the store at one time; gas stations no more than 10 people; restaurants are to be operated with no open dining room and no more than 10 people. Face masks are required.

Those needing to quarantine and aren’t able to should call 747- 5100.

Those needing medical transportation should call 747-2401 or 840-9273.

Anyone who violates the order will be cited and subject to arrest under RST Law and Order Code 5-45-2, which is Failure to Adhere to terms of a Presidential Council Declaration of Public Health Emergency. This is a Class B offense, which has a maximum penalty of six-months in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Businesses who violated the policy could be fined up to $500 per incident and could have their business license suspended.


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