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TenOC

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Posted: 02/04/21 06:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is there a "map" or website that shows where the Indian tribes have closed state and federal highways. I understand that the Blackfeet have closed all roads around East Glacier NP and the Sioux (?) have closed a number of roads in SD

I am trying to plan a trip this summer.


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Did they close the highways? Or just access to side roads into tribal lands?

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Contact the state Dept of Transportation. Here in NM they provide an online map of all closures. https://nmroads.com/mapIndex.html? The state and US roads are not closed but some tribal roads are and some are not. Generally the roads are open but you cannot enter the pueblos (get off the state/fed without a reason) unless you are a resident.


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here is a map that may help. Click on blue symbol in the area you want.

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Indians can't close Federal highways, they don't own those.


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BB_TX wrote:

Did they close the highways? Or just access to side roads into tribal lands?


July 2020 Press release

And the bottleneck won’t disappear anytime soon. Tribal leaders recently announced they would keep the eastern entrances and roads to Glacier, which lie on reservation land, closed at least through August.

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SD511.org for South Dakota. They are listed as a "Civil Emergency" and don't actually show the road closed, but yes, the roads are blocked as of now.


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Just plug it into google maps. It will either eliminate unsuitable routes or warn you.

We passed thru one in SE arizona. The federal highway was open but they set up check booths at all the local cross roads.

By later this summer, it's unlikely most will still be closed so trying to plan now is unlikely to show what will be open in 4-5 months


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azdryheat wrote:

Indians can't close Federal highways, they don't own those.

Not entirely true.
They can not close an Interstate, but they can close Interstate entry/exit points on their land for health and safety reasons so long as it's not a connection to another Interstate or barred by agreement. They also have the right to close or restrict travel on any road on their land if it's specifically for health and safety reasons.

In many states, such as Arizona, the nations have agreements in place to keep most roads open for thru travel. Odds are you will be able to travel along those roads if going through a tribal community, just access off that road may be restricted. Most secondary native roads can be closed by the nation as they see fit, be it labels as a state or county numerical road.


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dieseltruckdriver wrote:

SD511.org for South Dakota. They are listed as a "Civil Emergency" and don't actually show the road closed, but yes, the roads are blocked as of now.


Thank you for the reference! Need this when we trek through the Badlands. Do you think we'll have any issues drycamping in Badlands in May?





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