The Red Lake Tribal Council recently passed a COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandate for tribal employees.
According to a resolution passed unanimously on Sept. 14, the mandate affects all persons who enter the Red Lake Reservation for employment and business purposes.
The mandate includes exemptions for pregnant women, those with documented medical conditions for which vaccination is not recommended, children under 12, and those with a religious belief or practice which does not permit vaccination.
Exemptions for philosophical, political or scientific views about the vaccine are not permitted, according to the resolution.
Those who do not follow the vaccination mandate will be subject to weekly COVID tests and required to provide documentation showing the test results.
Tribal programs and businesses are charged with verifying employee vaccination. Red Lake Gaming will also be required to enact a vaccination requirement policy.