Tribe ends coronavirus checkpoints
March 31, 2021
EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has taken down the coronavirus checkpoints that were a point of contention between the tribe and Republican Gov. Kristi Noem and the Donald Trump administration.
Cheyenne River spokesman Remi Bald Eagle said the tribal council made the decision to remove the nine checkpoints because of declining infection rates and the arrival of coronavirus vaccines on the reservation.
Bald Eagle said the approximately 175 workers who staffed the checkpoints around the clock, seven days a week will be offered jobs helping with vaccination sites, contact tracing and quarantine support.