Checkpoints and Critical Gaps

South Dakota’s governor has demanded that Native American tribes remove COVID-19 checkpoints from state and US highways, TIME reports.
Leaders of the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Oglala Sioux Tribe contend that the checkpoints are legal and intended to save lives. Both tribes have also issued stay-at-home orders, but the state of South Dakota has not.
In New Mexico, Médecins Sans Frontières has deployed teams across Navajo Nation to help curb the spread of the virus—acknowledging the lack of medical attention and resources available to the largest US Indian tribe, CNN reports.
Navajo Nation has one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the US, CBS reports. Despite strict lockdowns on reservations, glaring resource gaps add to health risks. At a time when hand-washing is crucial, 30% of the Navajo Nation population has no running water at home.

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