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A Republican governor's clash with an Indigenous tribe trying to keep the coronavirus off its reservation ignited what some say is the latest example of the federal government failing to support Native American populations.Since April, no one has been able to get into the Cheyenne River Sioux territory in South Dakota without clearing a highway checkpoint. But in May, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem threatened to sue the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe — another Indigenous group that set up checkpoints around its land — claiming the checkpoints on federal and state highways are illegal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indians have infection rates up to 3.5 times higher than other racial groups.Behind the checkpoint battle is a tribe that acted early and decisively to fight the pandemic on its own, without initial support from the government — a story Indigenous people in the United States say is all too familiar."It was clear to me that the United States is not going to be there for us," said Fawn Sharp, President of the National Congress of American Indians. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota set up checkpoints around its territory to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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