Rosebud Statement of Support for CRST Lawsuit to Protect Reservation from COVID-19
June 29, 2020
Yesterday, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe filed suit against President Donald Trump, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Dr. Deborah Birx, and other federal officials for abusing federal authority to force the Tribe to dismantle health checkpoints the Tribe uses to screen people for COVID-19 coming onto their reservation in central South Dakota. The White House and the Bureau of Indian Affairs began a campaign against the health checkpoints after South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem appealed to Trump for help in her fight against the Indian tribe. NARF’s client, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe issued the following statement:
Statement of Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney M. Bordeaux on Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe lawsuit against President Trump and other federal officers
On behalf of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, we stand with and support our relatives at the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Cheyenne River’s June 24 complaint demonstrates the latest of several challenges that our people have faced when dealing with those in power within the federal government. The transcripts show the lengths that this administration is willing to go to undermine Cheyenne River’s efforts to protect its people in the midst of a global pandemic. All Tribal Nations should take note of this politically motivated tactic.