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South Dakota gov. takes tribe checkpoint flap to White House

Two tribes in South Dakota continue to operate coronavirus checkpoints. Two tribes in South Dakota continue to operate coronavirus checkpoints. |  Photo: KSFY-TV via AP Video, file

Created: May 20, 2020 05:24 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Wednesday she is appealing to President Donald Trump’s administration in her standoff with two American Indian tribes over coronavirus checkpoints they set up on federal and state highways.

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Noem says she sent affidavits and video to the White House, the Department of Justice, the Interior Department and her state’s congressional delegation, asking for help resolving the dispute.

The tribes set up the checkpoints last month to keep unnecessary visitors off the reservations. Earlier this month, Noem threatened to sue the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe if they did not remove highway stops within 48 hours.

She backed away from that plan last week, offering to negotiate if they would take them off of U.S. and state highways. 

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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