Native American tribal nations take tougher line on COVID-19 as states reopen
June 22, 2020
Native American tribal nations are imposing stricter lockdown and social-distancing measures than their neighboring states, creating tensions with both governors and the federal government.
Many Native American leaders are worried that the recent surge in cases could disproportionately impact tribal members, just as they did in April and May. In response, some tribal governments have exercised their sovereignty to reinstate lockdowns and travel bans as neighboring states move in the opposite direction.
"It's a greater challenge for us to deal with knowing that just right across the borders, everyone else is doing things different," Cheyenne River Sioux chairman Harold Frazier told The Hill.