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Governor Kristi Noem Is Now Banned From 20% Of Her Own State

As the WLT Report covered last month, four Native American tribes have banned South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem from their land after Noem claimed some tribal leaders were profiting off of Mexican drug cartels.

In April, the Standing Rock Tribal Council voted to ban Noem from their land over her comments made in February.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair Janet Alkire was furious over Noem’s comments and shared that Noem’s “wild and irresponsible attempt to connect tribal leaders and parents with Mexican drug cartels is a sad reflection of her fear-based politics.”

Noem was previously banned from entering the land of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe lands.

Now, Noem has been banned from entering the land of two more Native American tribes.

In total, Noem is banned from entering 20% of South Dakota’s land.

Here’s what CBS reported:

U.S. Gov. Kristi Noem banished by 2 more South Dakota tribes, now banned from nearly 20% of her state.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is now banned from entering nearly 20% of her state after two more tribes banished her this week over comments she made earlier this year about tribal leaders benefitting from drug cartels.

The latest developments in the ongoing tribal dispute come on the heels of the backlash Noem faced for writing about killing a hunting dog that misbehaved in her latest book. It is not clear how these controversies will affect her chances to become Donald Trump’s running mate because it is hard to predict what the former president will do.

The Yankton Sioux Tribe voted Friday to ban Noem from their land in southeastern South Dakota just a few days after the Sisseton-Wahpeton Ovate tribe took the same action. The Oglala, Rosebud, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes had already taken action to keep her off their reservations. Three other tribes haven’t yet banned her.

Noem reinforced the divisions between the tribes and the rest of the state in March when she said publicly that tribal leaders were catering to drug cartels on their reservations while neglecting the needs of children and the poor.

Per The Daily Caller:

Two native tribes in South Dakota banished Republican Governor Kristi Noem from their respective territories in response to comments she made in March 2024 about tribal leaders, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

The latest banishments — two in less than a week — bring the total percentage of land in South Dakota the governor is banished from to nearly 20%, according to the AP.

Having held a special meeting and vote Friday, the Yankton Sioux Tribe followed the Sisseton-Wahpeton Ovate’s similar action Tuesday as the latest native group to ban Noem, according to the AP.

While three of the nine tribes in the state have yet to ban the governor, the other six who have done so include the Oglala, Rosebud, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux, the outlet reported.


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