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As South Dakota takes a hands-off approach to the coronavirus pandemic, Native Americans feel vulnerable. "It's like we're trapped in a house on fire and we're doing our best to put it out," a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe says.

South Dakota’s #IndianCountry  has the highest rates of COVID statewide, but GOP Gov. Kristi Noem is fighting their efforts to stop the spread. "It's like we're trapped in a house on fire,” says Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe spokesman @RemiBald  Eagle. He joins me 8aET. #velshi 

"We have thousands of people that live here, and we only have 8 hospital beds...the nearest critical care unit is 3 hours off the reservation," Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe spokesman Remi Bald Eagle says of the threats facing Native American reservations.

With South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem doing absolutely nothing to protect her state against #coronavirus , Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe takes matters into its own hands. "It's like we're trapped in a house on fire…”

As South Dakota takes a hands-off approach to the coronavirus pandemic, Native Americans feel vulnerable. "It's like we're trapped in a house on fire and we're doing our best to put it out," a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe says.

As South Dakota takes a hands-off approach to the coronavirus pandemic, Native Americans feel vulnerable. "It's like we're trapped in a house on fire and we're doing our best to put it out," a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe says.

As South Dakota takes a hands-off approach to the coronavirus pandemic, Native Americans feel vulnerable. "It's like we're trapped in a house on fire and we're doing our best to put it out," a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe says.

As South Dakota takes a hands-off approach to the coronavirus pandemic, Native Americans feel vulnerable. "It's like we're trapped in a house on fire and we're doing our best to put it out," a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe says.

A small hospital serving the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has sent two COVID-19 patients to a Minnesota hospital, even as South Dakota’s top health officials insist the state has plenty of hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients.

“The federal government doesn’t want to f**k with us because they’re afraid of Indians. And they should be.” @michaelkosta  talks to Cheyenne River Sioux leaders about their fight with the federal government to keep their tribe safe from COVID.

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The chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is calling for the removal of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, arguing that it is carved in an area that is considered sacred land to local tribes

Harold Frazier, the chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, called Mount Rushmore a “brand on our flesh” that needed to be removed. “Lakota see the faces of the men who lied, cheated and murdered innocent people.”

Despite the South Dakota governor's request for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to take down its coronavirus checkpoints, tribe Chairman Harold Frazier tells CNN they’re going to stay put.

With eight beds for about 12,000 residents and the closest ICU three hours away, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is refusing South Dakota government's request to remove coronavirus checkpoints in their hopes to prevent an outbreak. @sarasidnerCNN  reports.

In South Dakota, two Sioux tribes rejected the governor's orders to remove COVID-19 checkpoints from their territories. Harold Frazier@CRSTChairman ), chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, says the checkpoints stop the spread of the virus and "keep our people safe."

"We don't really have the resources to combat this virus once it gets into our lands," says Cheyenne River Sioux TribeChairman Harold Frazier. "We feel that by monitoring our borders and just tracking everybody that is going through ... will help us."

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota is refusing to end coronavirus checkpoints declared illegal by the state's governor, saying they are the best tool they have to stop the virus from spreading.

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