Former Pine Ridge Police Chief lands new job with Governor Kristi Noem’s administration

May 14, 2024

PIERRE, S.D.–Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Algin Young will serve as the new Tribal Law Enforcement Liaison for the Noem Administration.

Governor Noem said in a statement, “The federal government is turning their backs on our tribal reservations. The lack of tribal law enforcement officers combined with the warzone at our Southern Border has created multiple crises on our reservations. Algin Young is well respected within our tribal communities and at the federal level. His knowledge will help in our efforts to restore law and order in Indian country.”

Young formerly served as the Police Chief on the Pine Ridge Reservation. After testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the cartel presence on tribal lands, Young was fired in Pine Ridge.

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.