Governor Noem heading to southern border, Lower Brule votes to ban

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELOLAND) — Governor Kristi Noem will be holding a news conference Friday in Pierre after visiting South Dakota National Guard soldiers at the southern border Thursday.

Noem’s news conference is set for 10 a.m. Friday in the Mount Rushmore Room at the Capitol and will include state tribal relations officials, including newly appointed Tribal Law Enforcement Liaison Algin Young.

Noem says she will discuss the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and “the negative impact the open border and cartel presence are having on South Dakota’s tribal lands.”

he news conference comes after more Native American tribes have took formal action against previous comments and statements made by Noem.

On Wednesday, the Lower Brule Sioux tribal council voted to ban Noem, according to Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Chairman Clyde Estes.

“A couple months ago I sent a letter to the Governor’s office asking for an apology to our Native Youth on the comments she said about our children having no hope and also saying parents were absent and we have never received a reply or letter of apology,” Estes said in a statement to KELOLAND News. “Also we stand united with our Oceti Sakowin Tribes in solidarity against the blatant, disrespectful, hurtful words coming from the Governor regarding tribal governments and tribes. We are hopeful she thinks about her words and actions about the tribes in the state and we will continue to pray for her.”

The Lower Brule decision follows a similar decision by the Crow Creek Sioux tribe on Tuesday.

Seven tribes with sovereign land within South Dakota have decided to ban Noem in 2024: the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe and Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.

A committee with the Yankton Sioux Tribe has also supported banning Noem.