Oglala Sioux Tribe suspends president, lifts COVID-19 lockdown

July 9, 2020

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – The Oglala Sioux Tribe has suspended its tribal president for 30 days and lifted a three-day lockdown he issued to stop the potential spread of COVID-19.

The tribal council suspended President Julian Bear Runner during an emergency meeting. Council members were upset they could not reach him after he imposed the lockdown that prohibited nonessential travel to or from the reservation.

Vice President Tom Poor Bear will take over the president’s duties during the suspension.

Bear Runner instituted the lockdown on Monday afternoon, sending all tribal employees, except emergency personnel, home on administrative leave.