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Governor Noem listens to a question about Native American tribes operating checkpoints at her Thursday press conference.
courtesy of Patrick Callahan, South Dakota Broadcasters Associaton
Governor Noem listens to a question about Native American tribes operating checkpoints at her Thursday press conference.

Noem: Tribes' checkpoints dispute not just about coronavirus


The Associated Press - May 21, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says that her stance against Native American tribes operating coronavirus checkpoints on federal and state highways isn’t just about the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Its also about setting “precedent” on tribes’ ability to shut down traffic in other situations.

As construction related to the Keystone XL pipeline begins in South Dakota, the checkpoints add tension to an already-rocky relationship between the Republican governor and tribes that have been outspoken opponents of the pipeline.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, which has set up coronavirus checkpoints, does not allow vehicles from oil companies to pass through their land.



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