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

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A fifth Native American tribe which has land within South Dakota has banned Gov. Kristi Noem in 2024.

The Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe is the latest to ban the governor, this time from the Lake Traverse Reservation. The tribe banned Noem on Tuesday. While their tribal council passed the resolution banning the governor, chairman J. Garret Renville says the decision comes from the broader public.

“By way of the voice of our people,” Renville said. “And as tribal leaders, it is our duty to honor the voice or the wishes of our people, and that’s who we work on the behalf of.”

And, at least for now, he says the wish is to ban the South Dakota governor.

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“The people at this time would like that in place until there was a formal apology,” Renville said.

The resolution says Noem “has made statements and undertaken actions that have been injurious towards the parents of tribal children, thus detracting from the value of their education.” 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.

“It is always our goal to engage in productive conversations and dialogue with our political counterparts,” Renville said.

KELOLAND News reached out to the governor’s office for comment but has not heard back.

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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