Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Coronavirus-embattled Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: We support the tribal checkpoints

Yesterday, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe passed a resolution in support of the public health checkpoints created by the Cheyenne River Sioux  and the Oglala Sioux Tribes.

“During this COVID-19 pandemic, the SRST joins our fellow Oceti Sakowin oyate in prayer for protection and safety from the COVID-19 virus that has ravaged communities around the world,“ said Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Mike Faith.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Mike Faith

The Standing Rock Sioux reservation shares a common border with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, but COVID-19 impacts on both reservations greatly differ- there are 8 cases of coronavirus on Standing Rock while Cheyenne River got its first and only positive case last month.

The patient from CRST has since been released from hospital.

Mass testing began on Standing Rock on May 9 which resulted in two positive cases immediately prompting the Tribe to announce that all its tribal programs would be required to work from home and that all tribal buildings would be closed

Today, more mass testing is being conducted at the Running Antelope District gymnasium and the Tribe announced the extended curfew until May 31. The daily curfew is for residents on Standing Rock from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Last week, Cheyenne River began testing essential personnel and businesses who work directly with the public. There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported, although that may change as more testing is conducted.

In his daily radio briefing yesterday, CRST Chairman Harold Frazier said the Tribal Council works closely with its medical staff and said they will have discussions about the possibility of going back to Level 2 of the Tribe’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan, which may include adjusting curfew hours.

Although Governor Noem unveiled her ‘back to normal plan’, the Tribe maintain its course of responding to the public health crisis.

“We need to stay on course, keep focused on what we’re doing, because in my opinion, in my heart, one death is one way too many. I just want to ask the listeners I will be patient and respectful with the changes that have been made to our daily lives,” said in his daily radio address yesterday.

Mass testing for coronavirus is taking place on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. They are in the Running Antelope District today.