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Pine Ridge Reservation holds strong during COVID-19 pandemic


PIERRE, S.D. — The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation’s enactment of shelter-in-place, curfew and border monitoring ordinances is what Chase Iron Eyes credits to keeping COVID-19 from having a more devastating impact on the Oglala Sioux Tribal members.

Iron Eyes is also the lead counsel on the Lakota People’s Law Project, and in 2016, the Democratic Party congressional candidate in North Dakota when he was living on the Standing Rock Reservation.

Iron Eyes said there’s been up to 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the reservation, which includes all of Oglala Lakota County, the southern half of Jackson County and the northwest portion of Bennett County in southwest South Dakota.


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