Legislature has not been involved in checkpoints dispute

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – Members of the Executive Board of the South Dakota legislature this week talked about the tribal checkpoints being maintained on some highways into state reservations.

Senator Troy Heinert of Mission says the legislature has not been involved in the dispute between Governor Kristi Noem and the tribes.

The checkpoints were supposed to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus to reservation residents.

Representative Spencer Gosch of Mobridge says the checkpoints seem to be selective.

Gosch says the checkpoints should work the other way, too.

Heinert says the focus should be on cooperation not confrontation.

Noem has sent letters to federal government officials asking for help in resolving the situation.