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Crow Creek joins list of tribes to formally ban Noem

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Another tribe with land within South Dakota has officially banned Republican Gov. Kristi Noem this year.

On Tuesday, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe became the latest Native American tribe to ban the governor from the Indian Reservation lands. 

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The Crow Creek Sioux Tribal council unanimously decided to ban Noem from the Crow Creek Reservation. Council member Kyle Loudner and chairman Peter Lengkeek confirmed the ban for KELOLAND News Tuesday afternoon.

“We banned her on her derogatory remarks about the cartels and ghost dancers also because the state of emergency we put out that she ignored,” Loudner told KELOLAND News. 

Loudner also cited Noem’s comments about students on reservations and a wish to stand in solidarity with the Oceti Sakowin. 

Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux becomes 5th tribe to ban Noem in 2024

Last week, the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe banned Noem in a resolution that came from public support. 

“The people at this time would like that in place until there was a formal apology,” Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe chairman J. Garrett Renville told KELOLAND News.

At a March town hall in Mitchell, Noem said tribal kids have neither hope nor supportive parents. Despite the ban, Renville says the door is not closed to future communication.

More than five tribes with 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 supported banning Noem.

On Tuesday, Noem announced the former Chief of Police for the Pine Ridge Reservation, Algin Young, would serve in a newly created position called the Tribal Law Enforcement Liaison for the Noem Administration.

According Noem’s office, Young will join the Department of Tribal Relations, and he will serve as a senior advisor to Tribal Relations, Public Safety and the Governor’s Office on Tribal Law Enforcement issues and public safety in Indian country. 

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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