Governor Noem react to being banned on some tribal lands

WATERTOWN, S.D.(KWAT)–It’s no secret that relations between Governor Kristi Noem and tribal leaders in South Dakota are strained.

The rift grew even wider recently when the governor said drug cartels are doing big business on reservation land, and tribal leaders are turning a blind eye to it.

During a stop in Watertown Friday, KWAT Radio News asked the governor about those accusations.

Tribal leaders have denied the presence of drug cartels, but Governor Noem says she’s got proof to back up what she’s been saying.

Several tribes have since banned Noem from being on their reservations. Although the governor doesn’t agree with that, she’ll respect their wishes.

The Standing Rock, Oglala Sioux, Rosebud, and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes have banned Governor Noem from their reservation lands.