On Friday morning, the Cheyenne River Sioux
Tribe has closed 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 finance officer. The letter was signed by the CRST Revenue Director Lynette Dupris and the tribal Attorney Marc Roy.
The city had reopened the restaurant on June 13, however the tribe had shutdown the operation claiming the city had failed to obtain a ribal business license.
The city council met in special session on
Thursday, June 16 directing Mayor Verzella LaPlante to hand deliver a check on Friday to the revenue office to obtain a license.
The letter from the revenue office stated that the clubhouse does business with the tribe and is therefor 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.
Stay tuned to next week’s edition of the West River Eagle as this story continues to develop.