COVID-19 in Indian Country
First Kristi Noem made a legal threat. Now the Republican governor of South Dakota is asking Donald Trump for help in taking down coronavirus checkpoints on two reservations.

Elected officials in Seattle, Washington, are supporting the sovereign rights of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe to establish coronavirus checkpoints on their homelands.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is excited to announce the reopening of the Royal River Casino and Hotel to the public at 8am on May 29, 2020.

Leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe chose not to extend a coronavirus lockdown amid an increase in COVID-19 cases on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are looking at a reservation-wide lockdown after learning of 14 COVID-19 cases within the community.

'We appreciate your concern about preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation,' Chairman Harold Frazier says to Governor Kristi Noem.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem should commend the recent checkpoints implemented by Native American tribes to protect their nations from a COVID-19 outbreak, not condemn them with threats of legal action. LINK: https://www.indianz.com/News/2020/05/13/alexander-mallory-tribes-have-full-legal.asp

The Oyate Health Center in Rapid City, South Dakota reported 12 new positive cases of COVID-19 over the past week.

With 13 positive cases of coronavirus on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, tribal leaders have enacted a host of new laws to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe ordered a reservation-wide shutdown Monday night, after learning two residents had tested positive for COVID-19, representing the first confirmed cases among its citizens.

The Oceti Sakowin of the Dakota/Nakota/Lakota Oyate or Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation stand united to protect our Native people from the ravages of the Coronavirus.

With coronavirus cases rising all around their communities, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are standing their ground in an emerging sovereignty dispute with the Republican governor in South Dakota.

One of South Dakota’s most heralded healthcare icons has written an op–ed urging Governor Kristi Noem to rethink her oppositional stance to COVID-19 highway checkpoints on tribal lands.

With Republican Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota threatening legal action over coronavirus checkpoints on two reservations, Kevin Abourezk of Indianz.Com will be going live with Bryan Brewer, former president of Oglala Sioux Tribe.

We will not apologize for being an island of safety in a sea of uncertainty and death.

Governor Kristi Noem sent letters to Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and President Bear Runner of the Oglala Sioux Tribe demanding that coronavirus checkpoints be removed from highways.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Director of Emergency Management Nelson Andrews Jr and FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Adam Burpee visit a historical Wetu at the tribe’s museum.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R), Sen. John Thune (R) and Rep. Dusty Johnson (R) will host a joint telephone townhall for South Dakota on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

President Julian Bear Runner admitted to being arrested this weekend, though he declined to say what charges he is facing as he continues to lead COVID-19 response efforts for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

The state of South Dakota has begun reporting coronavirus data among racial and ethnic lines, with Native Americans accounting for nearly 5 percent of COVID-19 cases.