“We are stronger when we work together; this includes our battle against Covid-19,” said Noem. “I ask that the tribes immediately stop interfering or regulating traffic on state and US roads and remove all checkpoints.”
CNN contacted both tribes for comment.
South Dakota residents who do not live in the reservation are only allowed if they are not from a hotspot and it is for an essential activity. But they must also complete a health questionnaire.
Those who come from a South Dakota hotspot or from a country outside the state cannot access the reservation except for an essential activity, but must obtain a travel permit available on the tribe’s website.
Both tribes have also issued strict home return and curfew orders for their communities. Noem has not issued residence orders for the state.
Last month, when checkpoints began, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a memorandum that says tribes must consult and reach an agreement with the state of South Dakota before closing or restrict travel on state or U.S. highways.
There are 169 cases of Covid-19 among Native Americans in the state as of Friday, the health department said. The state has 3,145 confirmed cases and 31 deaths.
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