At the time of this memo release, COVID-19 cause the death of over 2.1 million people globally.
The announcement of our community closure has been carefully weighed in consideration of the risks and benefits of such a public health intervention. Security measures/check-points are just one of the many possible ways to promote public health during a pandemic.
As has been announced, our community is in a critical stage of containment – unnecessary travel must stop immediately. In recent past, failure to heed this direction has resulted in viral transmission and an increase in our local cases. With heavy hearts, we note our first hospitalization – chante shid unk’unpi.
Permitted travel for essential purposes will continue but will be monitored. Persons travelling out of community to facilitate shared parenting arrangements will continue.
Please continue to hold each other up and practice lateral kindness in these challenging times.
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Chief & Council