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How a South Dakota Native American Reservation Successfully Snuffed Out Coronavirus on Its Own Terms


A traffic checkpoint on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. The Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation

The deadly coronavirus wasted no time laying siege to Native Americans as it disproportionately affected minorities across the country.

The poor and disadvantaged suffer significantly more COVID-19 cases than white people. And Native Americans - many of whom have pre-existing medical conditions rendering them especially vulnerable, and have significant elderly populations - suffer the same fate.

But in South Dakota, the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation wasted no time in taking matters into their own hands. Tribal leaders did not wait for state or federal agencies to tell them what to do.


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