Standing Rock Sioux Tribe bans Gov. Noem from reservation

FORT YATES, N.D. (KELOLAND) — Another Native American tribe has banned Gov. Kristi Noem, citing inflammatory comments connecting tribal lands to cartels.

According to a news release from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Noem is banned from the reservation located in parts of South Dakota and North Dakota. This is the third tribal reservation Noem has been banned from, following the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Pine Ridge Reservations.

Standing Rock officials cite failures on the United States government in law enforcement and education, as well as Noem’s comments linking tribal lands to drug cartels.

“Governor Kristi 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 that do nothing to bring people together to solve problems,” the statement said. “Rather than make uniformed and unsubstantiated claims, Noem should work with tribal leaders to increase funding and resources for tribal law enforcement and education.”

The news release also said South Dakota should consider passing a similar law passed in North Dakota requiring public and nonpublic schools to teach Native American history.

To read more about Noem’s bans from other tribes, click here.