fbpx
 

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION — The Oglala Sioux Tribe, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, has issued a quarantine order for all K-12 schools on the reservation due to rising numbers of Covid-19 cases. 

The quarantine order was sent out to parents and guardians earlier this week by Oglala Sioux Tribe Vice President Alicia Mousseau, stating a 10-day quarantine for all students and non-essential staff would go into effect until Sept. 29 and a five-day quarantine for essential staff (excluding cooking and cleaning staff and administrators) until Sept. 22.

Want more Native News? Get the free daily newsletter today.

Mousseau said on a Zoom call on Tuesday that there were 21 new Covid-19 cases and 41 total active cases within the reservation’s borders.

“This is a temporary solution to get ahead of this,” Mousseau said. “It’s not a lockdown, we’re just trying to get ahead of the spread of these cases, so we don’t have more people in our community catching Covid and spreading it. We know there’s a number of things in our community that put us at a higher risk for a number of reasons, so we’re just trying to protect those most vulnerable.”

In the order, an additional reason given for the quarantine was “the number of homes with multigenerational family members including elders and wisdom keepers and high-risk individuals.” 

This measure is consistent with concern across Indian Country, that protecting those within tribes who speak tribal languages and understand tribal culture should be protected from the Covid virus as a means of protection for the future.

“We’re looking out for the health, welfare and lives of our community,” Mousseau said.

More Stories Like This

‘Heart’ of Little Shell: Newest Federally Recognized Tribe to Open First Clinic
Hopi Tribe Issues "Red Alert" in Response to Rising COVID-19 Infections
Navajo Nation COVID Update: 129 New Cases and No Deaths
Filmmaker Warns of Increased Vulnerabilities for Indigenous Women and Girls with Impending Flood of Methamphetamine to Indian Country in 2022
IHS Announces Final Rule on the “Buy Indian Act” – Seeking to Do More Business with Indian-owned Businesses

The truth about Indian Boarding Schools

This month, we’re asking our readers to help us raise $10,000 to fund our year-long journalism initiative called “The Indian Boarding School Project: A Dark Chapter in History.”  Our mission is to shine a light on the dark era of forced assimilation of native American children by the U.S. government and churches.  You’ll be able to read stories each week and join us for Livestream events to understand what the Indian Boarding School era has meant to Native Americans — and what it still means today.

This news will be provided free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts.  Any contribution of any amount — big or small — gives us a better, stronger future and allows us to remain a force for change. Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you. 

About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.