Here’s how they’re clearing BIA Highway 3 between Promise and Whitehorse on the Cheyenne River Reservation—by hand, with pickaxes:
I drove that highway last summer, wondering at the Moreau River valley and the irony of driving between places named Promise and Whitehorse on rattling pavement a good decade behind on engineering-spec maintenance. It looks like we’re several sunny days from getting any wheeled vehicle through that stretch of BIA 3… but I’ll bet what’s left of the pavement won’t be VW passable for some time.
Chris Duesing tweeted the above video of Veteran Service Corps volunteers clearing foot-thick ice sheets heaved up on the road by the Moreau. Duesing leads Veteran Service Corps, which grew out of the veterans who came to Standing Rock to stand alongside the tribes in protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Duesing and other veterans are still here, now working with the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation, chipping away….
According to another Duesing video, that ice completely cut off the property of one Sharon Smith. Duesing and his volunteers were trying to clear a path for Sharon to get out:
One step at a time, fellas…
Ice like that blocking my road to town would have me cussing, too. Ice like that blocking Kristi Noem’s express lane from Pierre to Castlewood would have the Governor scrambling every available National Guard bulldozer.