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South Dakota governor asks White House for help moving tribal checkpoints

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Wednesday she is appealing to President Donald Trump's administration in her standoff with two American Indian tribes over coronavirus checkpoints they set up on federal and state highways.

Noem says she sent affidavits and video to the White House, the Department of Justice, the Interior Department and her state's congressional delegation, asking for help resolving the dispute.

The tribes set up the checkpoints last month to keep unnecessary visitors off the reservations.

Earlier this month, Noem threatened to sue the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe if they did not remove highway stops within 48 hours.

She backed away from that plan last week, offering to negotiate if they would take them off of U.S. and state highways.


May 20 Update: Gov. Noem provides update on tribal checkpoints in South Dakota

South Dakota governor asks White House for help moving tribal checkpointsFor the full story:

Posted by KTIV News 4 on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday at 3 p.m. to update the public on the state's response to COVID-19.

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