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Northern Cheyenne Under Lockdown Due To Coronavirus Surge

The tribal seal of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe

Northern Cheyenne President Rynalea Pena Aug. 9 ordereda reservation-wide lockdown through Wednesday, August 19, citing a surge in COVID-19 cases and people not following existing health mandates meant to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The heightened order implements road checkpoints on tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs roads and will phase-in controlled access onto the reservation. Travel is restricted to essential needs only and non-residents will be asked to leave the reservation.

The tribe’s stay at home order will continue when the lockdown lifts. The stay at home order calls for face coverings when in public spaces, a curfew from 10 P.M. to 6 A.M. and a recommendation for tribal members to avoid coronavirus ‘hot spots’ like Yellowstone and Big Horn counties.

The Chippewa Cree Tribe is also under lockdown until Wednesday morning. The Crow Nation is under lockdown until August 21.