South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is Banned from Entering 20 Percent of Her Own State

Washington Times

In a significant escalation of tensions between state leadership and tribal authorities, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has been prohibited from entering territories belonging to several tribes, constituting nearly 20% of the state’s land area. 

The recent prohibitions were enacted by the Yankton Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe, following similar actions from the Oglala, Rosebud, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes.

The measures spotlight the growing rift between the Republican governor’s office and tribal nations in South Dakota, exacerbated by Ms. Noem‘s comments suggesting that tribal leaders were complicit with drug cartels to the detriment of their communities’ welfare.

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