Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Maintains Status Quo

Jun 9, 2020
Remi Bald Eagle / Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Over the last couple of months, the streets of Rapid City seemed all but dead – save a few stragglers here and there – due to people self-quarantining.

Even though June is supposed to be the state’s peak in confirmed cases, South Dakota and her cities and towns are relaxing their COVID-19 restrictions to get “Back to Normal.”

While that’s happening, places like the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) are maintaining their status quo.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal officials say they need emergency funding to fix damaged roads-and quickly. Spring flooding washed out roads in some rural areas and forced culverts out from under ground in others. 

Officials link two recent deaths on the reservation to dangerous driving conditions and say other Great Plains Tribes have the same problem.

It’s tough to drive BIA route 3 on the Cheyenne River Reservation. There are missing chunks of pavement -  potholes in some areas and washed out gravel roads.