Bois Forte Band imposes travel ban, closes tribal court
March 24, 2020
BOIS FORTE RESERVATION — Just two hours after St. Louis County health officials confirmed its first presumptive case of coronavirus, the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa on Saturday announced it banned tribal government employees from traveling down to Duluth while asking them to restrict travel southward to Eveleth and Hibbing. “However, we can only recommend that the community consider limiting their travel as well,” the band wrote on its Facebook page.
On Sunday morning, Bois Forte Chairwoman Cathy Chavers appeared in another recorded video posted on Facebook to say that tribal government employees are “now limiting the travel ban to Virginia, Minnesota.” She added, “So, please do not go to Duluth. If you do go to Duluth after 11 o’clock today you will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks. Self-quarantine.”