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South Dakota Governor's Banishment of Nearly 20% of State Faces Fallout from Funding

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a Republican who is often mentioned as a potential running mate to the presumptive nominee Donald Trump's presidential bid, was banished from two more tribes in her state last week. The banishment is the latest fallout from her paternalistic leadership style toward tribes.

Last Friday, the Yankton Sioux Tribe voted to ban Noem from their reservation. Earlier in the week, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Ovate tribe banned her. Four other tribes, the Oglala, Rosebud, Cheyenne River, and Standing Rock Sioux tribes, previously informed the governor that she is not welcome on their tribal lands.

Tribal leaders took exception to Noem's comments at a community forum in March.


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