South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, has been banished from visiting approximately 10 percent of the lands within her own state.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council voted to formally ban Noem from visiting the tribe’s lands.

According to the Daily Mail, the South Dakota governor is accused of making ‘racially charged’ claims during town hall meetings.

Noem allegedly “accused some tribal leaders of benefiting from Mexican drug cartels,” Daily Mail wrote.

In addition to the Standing Rock Sioux, the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe banned Noem from their reservations.

Daily Mail reports:

‘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,’ said Tribal Chairwoman Janet Alkire.

‘Rather than make uninformed and unsubstantiated claims, Noem should work with tribal leaders to increase funding and resources for tribal law enforcement and education,’ she added.

Noem sparked outrage among Native Americans after she accused tribal leaders of being in league with Mexican drug cartels last month.

‘We’ve got some tribal leaders that I believe are personally benefitting from the cartels being here, and that’s why they attack me every day,’ she said.

She also accused Native American parents of not being engaged in their children’s lives and blamed them for the poor academic performance in tribal areas.

‘My next step would be to do what I can to get a tribe to participate with me to help their kids be more successful,’ Noem said.

“The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council voted Thursday to ban the governor from its reservation,” KELOLAND News said.

“I don’t believe it’s the tribes that are banishing me,” Noem said, according to the outlet.

“It is their tribal governments, and it is their presidents, their chairmen. I do not believe it is the community members,” she added.


While some tribal officials may not want Noem on the land, she says the people support her.

“Dan, I have gotten hundreds and hundreds of emails and phone calls from people who live in these communities,” Noem said. “Tribal members who say, ‘Governor, you’re right. We need an audit.’”

Noem called in March for audits of all federal money that has gone to South Dakota tribes.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council voted Thursday to ban the governor from its reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribe was the first to ban the governor in the wake of a joint address where Noem told lawmakers in Pierre about alleged gang and cartel activity. Noem on Thursday said she had spoken recently with Oglala Sioux Tribal President Frank Star Comes Out.

“I requested a meeting with him and then also had the chance to visit with him about a week and a half ago in person and invited him again, told him I’d meet him down at Pine Ridge, if he wanted to come to Pierre, anywhere he wanted to meet, I’d love to have a conversation about what we can do to ensure law and order and safety for his community,” Noem said.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council voted to ban the governor at a meeting on April 2.

“She said that council, councils were in on with the cartel, Mexican cartels and things like that, and she also made statements about our children, and the, our parents, our schools, pretty negative, derogatory statements,” Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Ryman LeBeau said at the April 2 meeting.


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