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BIA steps on tribal sovereignty


A road on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota has been closed for more than two years following damage that has yet to be repaired by the federal government. Photo: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

EAGLE BUTTE -- Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chair Harold Frazier answered a federal Bureau of Indian Affairs challenge to the tribe's Covid-19 highway checkpoints with an April 30 challenge of his own.

In a missive to Bureau of Indian Affairs Director Darryl LaCounte, Frazier penned the latest chapter in a month-long spat that the checkpoints sparked between the two over the BIA's federal trust responsibility to native nations and its intromission in sovereign tribal decisions.


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