Kristi Noem: Trump's vice presidential nominee outlawed six Native American reservations

  • by Sam Cabral
  • BBC News, Washington

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image Caption, Kristi Noem has faced bipartisan criticism over the past few weeks

Two Native American tribes in South Dakota have banned their governor, Kristi Noem, from their lands after she made derogatory remarks against tribal leaders and reservation life.

The latest restrictions add to existing exclusions from four other reservations this year. Ms. Noem is now banned from about a fifth of the state's territory.

It comes after Republicans cut short a disastrous national media book tour.

Ms Noem was the frontrunner to become Donald Trump's potential running mate this year.

Less than three months ago, she topped a poll of vice presidential candidates for the November election. However, a crop of recent controversies, including a story about how he shot a pet dog, have drawn bipartisan criticism.

The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and Yankton Sioux tribes passed separate resolutions on Friday to bar Ms Noem from setting foot on their territory.

The pair joined the Cheyenne River Sioux, Oglala Sioux, Rosebud Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux tribes in outlawing the state's chief executive on their lands. That means six of South Dakota's nine native tribes are now denying him entry.

As governor, Ms. Noem, 52, cracked down on Native-led protests against the Keystone XL pipeline, ignored tribal objections to the 2020 fireworks display at Mount Rushmore and controlled tours of her reservations. Clashes with tribal leaders after setting up coronavirus checkpoints.

Ms. Noem recently alleged that Native children have “no hope” because of absentee parents and suggested without evidence that tribal leaders were “personally benefiting” from drug cartel operators.

Standing Rock Sioux President Janet Alkire said, “Governor Kristi Noem's wild and irresponsible effort to link tribal leaders and guardians to Mexican drug cartels is a sad reflection of her fear-based politics that doesn't rely on people to solve problems. do nothing to bring the world together.” Wrote a five-page long rebuke in March.

The BBC has contacted the governor's office for comment.

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image Caption, Ms. Noem was an early supporter of Donald Trump's re-election

It's the latest embarrassment for the Republican Party's former rising star.

In her new book, No Going Back, Ms. Noem tells how she shot her 14-month-old dog, Cricket, for bad behavior. He also killed a goat, which he said smelled bad and was evil.

The governor said the firing was an example of his willingness to do things that were “hard, dirty and ugly.”

In another piece, which was later removed, Ms Noem claimed she was in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea and “stared at Kim Jong Un”. No public record of any action exists.

He also claimed that he “planned to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron” during a visit to Paris, but canceled their meeting due to alleged “pro-Hamas” comments he made in the press.

A French government official said there was no record of any scheduled meeting or invitation.

Ms. Noem has hit back at what she calls leftist “spin,” but her damage control efforts have failed across the political spectrum. Many interviews have since been cancelled.

Last week, Mr Trump acknowledged that Ms Noem had had “some tough days”, but said he liked her “very much” and said she had “been supporting me from the very beginning”.

However, according to US media, Trump's insiders say that he has killed his chances of becoming Vice President.

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