Seventh Native American tribe bans Gov. Noem from their reservation

 May 16, 2024

To say South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has had a bad few months would be an understatement. 

Aside from being all but dropped from the running for Trump's VP slot after her dog-killing story was published, Noem continues to be banned from land in the very state she governs.

According to Newsmax, Noem was banned from a seventh Native American tribe this week, meaning that all but two tribes in the state have banned her from their respective reservations.

The latest banning came in the wake of a social media post, Noem wrote on X about the state of crime on the reservations in South Dakota.

What's going on?

The central South Dakota-based Crow Creek Sioux Tribe announced this week that the Republican governor is no longer welcome on their land.

Noem's last post regarding crime on the reservation apparently was the tipping point for that particular tribe.

"The lack of tribal law enforcement officers has created multiple deadly crises on our reservations. After bravely testifying on the cartel presence on tribal lands, Algin Young found himself without a job — he had been courageously serving as police chief for the Oglala Sioux Tribe. I'm proud to welcome him to my team as the new Tribal Law Enforcement Liaison," Noem wrote on her X account.

Earlier bans from other major tribes in the state came in the wake of Noem's speech to the state Legislature in which she claimed Mexican drug cartels had infiltrated several tribes and were operating on reservation land.

"I've got nine Native American tribes, and the cartels are set up on our tribal grounds," Noem recently told Newsmax. "They are facilitating this drug trafficking, this human trafficking through my tribal grounds here in South Dakota, because I don't have jurisdiction there."

Tribes fight back

Several tribe leaders have called on the governor to issue a formal apology for her remarks and have continued to insist that drug cartels are not operating on reservation land, despite testimony from former tribal law enforcement leaders that claims the contrary.

"We have cartel products, like guns and drugs," Peter Lengkeek, the chair of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, said. "But they pass over state highways getting to the reservation. So, putting us all together like that and saying that all tribes are involved in this really shows to the ignorance of the governor's office."

Noem has taken tons of political flak for not being able to enter roughly 20% of her own state.

The news came in the wake of reports earlier this month that Noem is no longer in contention to be Trump's vice president, having once been near the top of the VP shortlist.

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