On Thursday, March 12, CRST Chairman Harold Frazier met with several state and federal agencies, as well as tribal departments, in a coordinated a concerted effort to address the COVID-19 threat.
In a letter sent to all tribal, federal, state government agencies, and public and private schools operating on Cheyenne River, Chairman Frazier stated:
“Effective immediately I am banning travel outside the exterior boundaries of the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation for all government and education institutions that operate within the exterior boundaries of our agency. This will include but not limited to: CRST Tribe, Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, South Dakota state offices, Dewey and Ziebach County offices and departments, all City Municipalities and all public and private schools. This ban will remain in effect until further notice.”
The tribal leader urged agencies and schools “to utilize modern technology to conduct essential communications outside of our reservation. We will need the participation of everyone to protect our most vulnerable.”
“There is no meeting or travel plans that are greater than the well-being of our people. The risk of bringing the COVID-19 to our population is too much,” said Chairman Frazier.
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School cancelled its overnight trip to the NASP 3D Tournament for the Ohitika Archery Teams that is scheduled to be held in Salem.