The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has filed a lawsuit, naming President Donald Trump, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Doctor Deborah Birx, several members of the Department of the Interior and others as defendants for what the lawsuit calls threatening to take “unlawful actions to shut down the Tribe’s Health Safety Checkpoints” in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
The lawsuit says the tribe put together a comprehensive health safety plan, which included checkpoints on many roads. But it says, those checkpoints became a “political flashpoint in the state of South Dakota” and led governor Kristi Noem to contact the White House and federal officials.
The lawsuit says those officials worked in concert, it says abusing the power of the federal government, to coerce the Tribe to dismantle its COVID-19 response plan, including shutting down the Tribe’s Health Safety Checkpoints. When that didn’t work, the lawsuit alleges the officials threatened to take over the Tribe’s law enforcement through an emergency reassumption. The lawsuit calls that illegal and an unlawful infringement on Tribal self-government.
Read the text of the lawsuit here.