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Kristi Noem Banned From Huge Portion Of Her State

Fresh off a disastrous book tour that saw her give several embarrassing interviews, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is now facing a major problem at home. 

She’s been barred from going to nearly a fifth of her state. 

The Associated Press reported that Noem, once a vice presidential contender, has been banned by tribal leaders in her state.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is now banned from entering nearly 20% of her state after two more tribes banished her this week over comments she made earlier this year about tribal leaders benefitting from drug cartels.

The latest developments in the ongoing tribal dispute come on the heels of the backlash Noem faced for writing about killing a hunting dog that misbehaved in her latest book. It is not clear how these controversies will affect her chances to become Donald Trump’s running mate because it is hard to predict what the former president will do.

The Yankton Sioux Tribe voted Friday to ban Noem from their land in southeastern South Dakota just a few days after the Sisseton-Wahpeton Ovate tribe took the same action. The Oglala, Rosebud, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes had already taken action to keep her off their reservations. Three other tribes haven’t yet banned her.

The tribes have clashed with Noem in the past, including over the 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock and during the COVID-19 pandemic when they set up coronavirus checkpoints at reservation borders to keep out unnecessary visitors. She was temporarily banned from the Oglala Sioux reservation in 2019 after the protest dispute.

The governor appeared to try and boost her foreign policy chops in a recent book about her life by claiming that she met with Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea. 

The problem is that she never did. 

Megyn Kelly recently talked about the issue on News Nation:

Noem was mocked by both CNN and Fox News after canceling her book tour at the last second, claiming that weather in her home state made it impossible to continue. 

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