Tribal Checkpoints

The South Dakota Attorney General sent state agents to reservations as part of an investigation into tribal checkpoints on state and federal highways.

Those agents were on fact-finding missions about how the checkpoints were conducted.

That update came during the state-tribal relations committee meeting.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says his office did not direct any citizens to go or not go through the checkpoints as part of their investigation.

In The Moment … July 2, 2020 Show 851 Hour 2

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is asking a federal judge to block the federal government from taking over its law enforcement and forcing the removal of public health checkpoints. This is the latest volley in a back-and-forth legal and political battle between the tribe and state/federal authorities.    To discuss the issues further, we welcome Frank Pommersheim, professor emeritus, University of South Dakota School of Law.