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Rocky Boy Police Set Up Checkpoints At Entrances To Reservation

The Rocky Boy Police Department has begun 24-hour checkpoints at the entrances to the reservation in an effort to control or eliminate the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

The checkpoints started Tuesday at noon.

“These checkpoints are strictly for monitoring purposes to ensure that all of the residents of the reservation are safe and protected,” a release posted on the tribe’s website said.

“We’re not locking anyone in or out,” said Bobbi Joe Favel, a tribal member who’s on the Incident Command Team.

The release said information on previous travel locations of those entering the reservation will be collected. People will be asked if they have any symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19.

Non-tribal residents or people who are not Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation residents who have no legitimate purpose on the reservation will not be allowed to enter.

The reservation imposed a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for all reservation residents on March 16.

For the time being, the mandate is on a “good-faith basis,” and tribal leaders are asking people to abide by it, Favel said.

But the tribe is not ruling out citations.

“If we see a lot of people out, we will start issuing tickets,” Favel said.

The mandate is to keep residents safe, Favel added, especially those at high risk for contracting the illness.

Paul Dragu contributed to this report.


Tribal officers at a checkpoint on Laredo Road going into Rocky Boy. (Paul Dragu, The Havre Herald)

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