There’s a potential fight brewing between the state of South Dakota and the Lakota nations over COVID-19 checkpoints. From Rapid City Journal:
Gov. Kristi Noem sent letters Friday to both the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe demanding that their checkpoints for COVID-19 related travel be removed from state and U.S. highways.
If their checkpoints are not removed within 48 hours, the state will take legal action, according to a press release sent from the governor’s office.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe first implemented checkpoints April 2, the Journal previously reported. Checkpoints are at both ends of U.S. Highway 212, which runs across the reservation.
Remi Bald Eagle, spokesperson for the tribe, said the tribe has seen Noem’s letter and dispersed it to council members but hasn’t reached a group consensus for comment yet.
Every vehicle will be stopped, and drivers will be asked where they are coming from and going, Bald Eagle previously said of the checkpoints.
Commercial drivers and South Dakota residents were allowed through, but out-of-state and non-commercial visitors will only be allowed to pass if they provide proof that they live on the reservation or are a tribal member.
Seems that the tribes’ sovereignty would reign here, but I ain’t no lawyer…
We all need to be eating buffler. Waugh!
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe wants to create the largest Native American-owned and managed bison herd in North America.
Wizipan Little Elk is CEO of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation. He said the plan includes building a herd of 1,500 bison and possibly constructing a processing facility to provide food and economic development for tribal members.
John Bryan at Scavengeology has taken a deep dive into the history of the Logan war club. Those of you who have read Allan W. Eckert’s The Frontiersmen are familiar with the gruesome and tragic story of the Mingo (Ohio Iroquois) leader known to whites as John Logan.
Logan’s family was wantonly slaughtered by border ruffians along the Ohio River in 1774, and Logan launched a vendetta that — in the typical savage calculus of frontier partisan warfare — fell on the innocent. Logan and a small band of warriors raided homesteads on the western Virginia frontier, and Logan left war clubs at scenes of slaughter as a calling card. He also left notes written by captives expressing his rage — misidentifying the perpetrator as frontiersman Michael Cresap.
To Captain Cressap — What did you kill my people on Yellow Creek for. The white People killed my kin at Conneestogo a great while ago, & I thought nothing of that. But you killed my kin again on Yellow Creek and took my cousin prisoner then I thought I must kill too; and I have been three times to war since but the Indians is not Angry only myself.
This is really good work, with some enthralling shots of the beautiful landscape in which these terrible deeds were enacted.