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South Dakota land off limits to Gov. Noem nears 17%

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The area of South Dakota off limits to Governor Kristi Noem continues to grow, as the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe has become the fifth South Dakota tribe to ban Noem from their lands.

The move by the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (SWO) aligns them with the Cheyenne River Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, Oglala Lakota Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux tribes, each of whom have also banned Noem from their lands.

The SWO’s decision to ban Noem was due to statements and actions by the Governor that the tribe says are “injurious to the parents of tribal children.”

The 13,057-square-miles of South Dakota land held by these five tribal nations equates to 16.93% of South Dakota’s total area.

On the interactive map below, South Dakota’s nine reservations are marked in blue, and the areas off limits to Noem are shaded.

Noem banned by 4 tribes, more than 15% of South Dakota

The Pine Ridge Reservation (Oglala Lakota) is South Dakota comprises 3,469-square-miles.

The Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota comprises 4,267-square-miles.

The portion of the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota comprises 2,530-square-miles.

The portion of the Lake Traverse Reservation (Sisseton Wahpeton) in South Dakota comprises ~1,400-square-miles.

The Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota comprises 1,391-square-miles.

In addition to the portions of South Dakota now off limits to Noem, there is also a portion of North Dakota about 1,228-square-miles which is also off limits.

This includes Sioux County North Dakota, which is the North Dakota portion of the Standing Rock Reservation, as well as a roughly 100-square-mile portion of the Lake Traverse Reservation which extends into North Dakota.

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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