On Friday morning, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe blocked access to the Lakeside Golf Course Clubhouse/Restaurant operated by the City of Eagle Butte.
The tribe placed three vehicles in front of the three access doors into the restaurant. On the windshield of each vehicle, was a warning sign, and a letter directed to the mayor, city council, and city finance officer. CRST Revenue Director Lynette Dupris along with the tribal Attorney Marc Roy signed the letter.
The city reopened the restaurant on June 13; however, the tribe shutdown the operation claiming the city had failed to obtain a tribal business license.
The city council met in special session on Thursday, June 16 and directed Mayor Verzella LaPlante to hand deliver a check on Friday to the revenue office to obtain a business license.
The letter from the revenue office stated that the clubhouse does business with the tribe and is therefore subject to tribal regulation and licensing. In the letter, Dupris stated that the office informed the Mayor that the tribe needed financial information from the city before a license would be processed. The letter also stated that the revenue office has requested this information on numerous occassions.
The warning sign stated that the vehicle was the Property of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and to not damage, move, or tamper. “This may result in Civil Action and/or Criminal Prosecution.”
The city decided to re-open the restaurant on Wednesday June 22 with a sign on the door that they were operating without a tribal business license. That action, according to the letter, prompted the tribe to respond with the blockade.