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Gov. Kristi Noem banned from fourth South Dakota reservation • Daily Montanan

  

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Via:  evilone  •  one month ago  •  14 comments

By:   Makenzie Huber (Daily Montanan)

Gov. Kristi Noem banned from fourth South Dakota reservation • Daily Montanan
Gov. Kristi Noem has been banned from a fourth South Dakotan reservation after making disparaging comments about drug dealers and cartels on tribal land.

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By: Makenzie Huber- April 16, 2024 7:47 amKristi-Noem-at-Mitchell.jpeg

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks to members of the public at a town hall in Mitchell on March 13, 2024. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe in south-central South Dakota is the fourth tribal nation to ban Gov. Kristi Noem from tribal lands this year.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe banished Noem in February after she spoke to the Legislature alleging Mexican drug cartels have infiltrated reservations. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe banned Noem earlier this month for comments she made at a town hall in Winner, alleging some tribal leaders are "personally benefiting" from cartels. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Rosebud Sioux Tribe banned Noem this week for her comments and in solidarity.

Five tribes have demanded an apology from Noem since the town hall. She has not issued an apology, but has issued press releases calling on tribes to "banish the cartels."

Coupled with her calls to banish the cartels, Noem has encouraged tribal governments to participate in partnerships with the South Dakota Highway Patrol to provide temporary law enforcement on reservations, and this week she offered a state law enforcement course for prospective tribal police. She has also called on the federal government to audit funding to the tribes to "determine the scope" of underfunding to the nine tribal nations in South Dakota.

"Tribal leaders should immediately banish the Mexican drug cartels that are responsible for murders, rapes, drug addiction, and many more crimes on tribal lands," Noem said in an emailed statement to South Dakota Searchlight. "The people in the communities live with unspeakable horrors and tragedy every day, but banishing me for telling the truth about the suffering does nothing to solve the problems. It may play well for the leftist media, but in reality, it's pointless. The real question you should be asking is: 'Why won't tribal leaders banish the Mexican drug cartels who are responsible for this devastation?'"

In a news release announcing the banishment, Rosebud Sioux Tribe officials said the ban is justified not just because of Noem's recent comments but because of a strained relationship since she took office in 2019.

"Governor Noem claims she wants to establish meaningful relationships with Tribes to improve solutions for systemic problems," the release said. "However, her actions as Governor blatantly show otherwise. The recent racial disparaging allegations made against Native students, parents, Tribal Councils, and Tribal leaders have led to further division and distrust of Tribal-state relations."

Examples of Noem's alleged "disingenuous nature toward Native Americans" during her tenure as governor cited in the news release include:

  • Signing two bills into law in 2019 regulating protests over the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • The Oglala Sioux Tribe banned Noem for the first time because of the decision, and a federal judge blocked parts of the laws.
  • Challenging the legality of COVID-19 tribal checkpoints at reservation borders during the pandemic.
  • Supporting the amendment of social studies standards to remove sections of Native American history in favor of broader coverage of world and American history.
  • Returning millions in unused Emergency Rental Assistance funds to the federal government in 2022, resulting in Rosebud not receiving any of the funding.
  • Sending belated assistance to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in late 2022 due to a winter storm and state of emergency while Noem sent South Dakota National Guard troops to the U.S. border three times "without hesitation."
  • Proceeding with the construction of a shooting range in Rapid City despite Native American artifacts of cultural significance being found at the site.
  • Conducting a "slanderous campaign" against South Dakota tribes and not taking down or returning the Rosebud Sioux Tribe flag from the state Capitol, despite a public request to do so.

"Moving forward, we will only acknowledge Governor Noem after she issues a public apology to the Oceti Sakowin," the release said, "and presents a plan of action for supporting and empowering the Lakota people through policy and legislation."

The Oceti Sakowin is the collective term for Lakota, Dakota and Nakota speaking Native Americans, most of whom are located in the Great Plains region of the United States and Canada.

Ian Fury, spokesman for Noem, said the governor's administration will continue efforts to work with tribes.

"Gov. Noem has consistently shown up, welcomed conversations and offered solutions — and she'll continue to do that for as long as she's governor," Fury told South Dakota Searchlight.

Requests for further comment from Rosebud Tribal President Scott Herman were not returned before this article was published.

Noem also pointed out in an interview this week with KELO-TV that her banishment from Standing Rock Reservation was decided by mostly North Dakota tribal council members rather than South Dakota representatives.

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evilone
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1  seeder  evilone    one month ago
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe in south-central South Dakota is the fourth tribal nation to ban Gov. Kristi Noem from tribal lands this year.

An interesting way to govern a state... Is she interviewing as Trump's running mate?

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  evilone @1    one month ago

you think this reflects badly on the governor?  Lol. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.1    one month ago

paul manafort gave her a 4 star recommendation...

 
 
 
evilone
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1.1.2  seeder  evilone  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.1    one month ago
you think this reflects badly on the governor?  Lol. 

Her affair with Corey Lewandowski, paying $9000 for her desk and getting special treatment for her daughter's real estate license reflect badly on the Governor. This article about the tribes banning her is just funny.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @1.1.1    one month ago

She loves to suck mushrooms and is fond of borscht.  

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2  devangelical  replied to  evilone @1    one month ago
An interesting way to govern a state... Is she interviewing as Trump's running mate?

poor thing got her forehead bounced off the headboards in sturgis too many times...

trump's VP front runner...

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.2.1  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @1.2    one month ago

Probably all rode her like a choo choo train

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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1.3  Greg Jones  replied to  evilone @1    one month ago

Sounds like the tribal leaders don't want to hear the truth about what's happening on their lands. 

She's likely to be privy to information to support her claims.  

Do you support the cartels infiltrating the reservations?  

 
 
 
evilone
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1.3.1  seeder  evilone  replied to  Greg Jones @1.3    one month ago

You're take is that the people who live there don't know what's going on? Really? 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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1.3.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  evilone @1.3.1    one month ago

I think it is just the opposite. They know what's going on and quite possibly are fine with it..............$$$$$

 
 
 
evilone
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1.3.3  seeder  evilone  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.3.2    one month ago
I think it is just the opposite.

Until you come up with some solid evidence I'll side with the 4 state tribes that say otherwise. 

They know what's going on and quite possibly are fine with it..............$$$$$

Most of the tribes make bank with legitimate casino businesses and don't need the issue associated around gangs. I'll change my mind if you show me where any of the tribes that banned Noem have Mexican cartel gangs running things.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.3.4  devangelical  replied to  evilone @1.3.3    one month ago

let the tribes handle the problem,[]

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.3.5  Tessylo  replied to  evilone @1.3.3    one month ago

Don't hold your breath on any supporting evidence.

 
 
 
Hallux
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2  Hallux    one month ago

Noem has a longstanding history with Native Americans ... and not a stellar one:

 
 

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