Noem talks with KWAT News about rift with tribal leaders  (Audio)

April 22, 2024

Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–It’s no secret that relations between Governor Kristi Noem and tribal leaders in South Dakota are strained.

The rift grew even wider recently when the governor said drug cartels are doing big business on reservation land, and tribal leaders are turning a blind eye to it.

During a stop in Watertown Friday, KWAT News had a one-on-one interview with the governor, and asked her about those accusations….

Tribal leaders have denied the governor’s accusations, but Governor Noem says she’s got proof to back up what she’s saying…

Several tribes have since banned Noem from being on their reservations. Although the governor doesn’t agree with that, she’ll respect their wishes….

The Standing Rock, Oglala Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes have banned Governor Noem from their reservation lands.