South Dakota tribe bans governor from reservation over US-Mexico border remarks

February 04, 2024

Many of those arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border are Indigenous people from places like El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico who come “in search of jobs and a better life,” the tribal leader added. “They don’t need to be put in cages, separated from their children like during the Trump Administration, or be cut up by razor wire furnished by, of all places, South Dakota,” he said. “I stand ready to work with any of our state’s Native American tribes to build such a relationship.”In November, Star Comes Out declared a state of emergency on the Pine Ridge Reservation due to increasing crime. A judge ruled last year that the federal government has a treaty duty to support law enforcement on the reservation, but he declined to rule on the funding level the tribe sought. Noem has deployed National Guard troops to the Mexican border three times, as have some other Republican governors.