Oglala Sioux Nation to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem: ‘You’re Not Welcome’

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U.S. Representative Kristi Noem speaks at a Republican political rally in Iowa, 2016 (Shutterstock).

The Oglala Sioux Tribe told South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem that she is not welcomed to visit their reservation after signing two bills that regulate protests over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

In a letter on May 2, tribe President Julian Bear Runner told the Republican governor that she is “not welcome” on the Pine Ridge Reservation until she rescinds her support for SB 189 and SB 190. The state laws were designed to prevent any protests that might hinder the construction of the pipeline, The Washington Post reported.

Bear Runner said that the laws were being litigated against and would not stand. He added, “We are particularly offended that you consulted TransCanada before introducing these bills but failed to consult the Oglala Sioux Tribe, or any of the sovereign bands of…

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