More: kristi noem

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Mass burials teach same lessons
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Mass burials teach same lessons (May 22, 2020)

Tribal leaders across America are at these moments of this early spring, gathering their people to talk of decisions to be made that will not be business as usual.


On South Dakota’s Sioux reservations, checkpoints save lives
On South Dakota’s Sioux reservations, checkpoints save lives (May 21, 2020)

A standoff over safety and sovereignty is intensifying in South Dakota.


Republican governor takes coronavirus checkpoints to Trump
Republican governor takes coronavirus checkpoints to Trump (May 21, 2020)

First Kristi Noem made a legal threat. Now she's asking Donald Trump for help in taking down coronavirus checkpoints on two reservations.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: State power runs amok
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: State power runs amok (May 19, 2020)

I’ve not seen any evidence that Indians in this state deserve the constant tension put forth by this governor.


Anunkasan Was'te: South Dakota citizens ‘flattened the curve’ in spite of Kristi Noem
Anunkasan Was'te: South Dakota citizens ‘flattened the curve’ in spite of Kristi Noem (May 18, 2020)

This virus has hit closer to home than I ever imagined. Two of my daughters just tested positive for COVID-19.


'It’s really scary for us': Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after COVID-19 hits reservation
'It’s really scary for us': Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after COVID-19 hits reservation (May 12, 2020)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe ordered a reservation-wide shutdown after learning of the first COVID-19 cases among its citizens.


Tim Giago: Overcoming the ignorance of South Dakota’s governors
Tim Giago: Overcoming the ignorance of South Dakota’s governors (May 11, 2020)

Kristi Noem knows absolutely nothing about the history of the Indian people residing in the state she governs.


'I’m protecting my people': Tribal citizens defend coronavirus checkpoints amid threat from state
'I’m protecting my people': Tribal citizens defend coronavirus checkpoints amid threat from state (May 11, 2020)

With coronavirus cases rising all around their communities, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are standing firm against a threat from the governor of South Dakota.


Marcella LeBeau: Vulnerable Native Americans need protection from COVID-19
Marcella LeBeau: Vulnerable Native Americans need protection from COVID-19 (May 11, 2020)

As a retired World War II army nurse and former Indian Health Service Director of Nursing, I know how fragile and precious life is.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Publishing during a time of a pandemic
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Publishing during a time of a pandemic (April 14, 2020)

We apologize to our readers for not publishing for 2 weeks, but we have several employees with diabetes and other illnesses that make them very vulnerable to the coronavirus.


'We are staying on top of it': Oglala Sioux Tribe declares coronavirus emergency
'We are staying on top of it': Oglala Sioux Tribe declares coronavirus emergency (March 11, 2020)

President Julian Bear Runner took action following news of coronavirus cases in South Dakota and learning of a lack of test kits at the Indian Health Service.


Bill establishes Oceti Sakowin schools in South Dakota
Bill establishes Oceti Sakowin schools in South Dakota (February 19, 2020)

A bill to establish charter schools that focus on tribal language and culture is moving forward in South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Native lawmakers weigh pipeline shield bills
Native Sun News Today: Native lawmakers weigh pipeline shield bills (February 10, 2020)

The looming construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline through unceded treaty territory drew plenty of attention during the first two weeks of the 2020 South Dakota Legislature.


Are SD Republicans trapped in history’s time warp?
Are SD Republicans trapped in history’s time warp? (January 31, 2020)

The Republican regime in South Dakota has an intolerable regime for those who have a stake in the control of people and animals for profit.


The State of South Dakota and the Sioux Tribes
The State of South Dakota and the Sioux Tribes (January 27, 2020)

We are not 'tribes' but are people of a nation, the Sioux Nation, and we have an international treaty with the United States.


Meth addiction is no laughing matter
Meth addiction is no laughing matter (December 3, 2019)

Methamphetamine addiction is rampant on all nine of the Indian reservations in South Dakota.


Quilt hangs to shield women
Quilt hangs to shield women (November 19, 2019)

To raise awareness about the need for shielding Indian women and children from violence, advocates took part in a quilt-hanging at the South Dakota State Capitol.


Native rights advocates quash pipeline Riot Boosting Act
Native rights advocates quash pipeline Riot Boosting Act (November 7, 2019)

Native pipeline fighters celebrated the death of a state law aimed at preventing them from protesting against the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Yankton Sioux Tribe flooding and recovery
Yankton Sioux Tribe flooding and recovery (October 8, 2019)

A series of two flooding periods have occurred on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in eastern South Dakota in the last six months, leaving devastation and a need for assistance.


Tim Giago: Revisiting the Buffalo Roundup
Tim Giago: Revisiting the Buffalo Roundup (October 7, 2019)

Long before the first white settler ever set foot in the Northern Plains the Native Americans were sharing the land with their ancestral friend, the buffalo.


Yankton Sioux: 'Our community is literally drowning'
Yankton Sioux: 'Our community is literally drowning' (October 1, 2019)

'It’s like we live in a third world country and we are forgotten,' resident Lauren Crowe says. 'No one cares.'


Native Sun News Today: Did Keystone XL company write controversial law?
Native Sun News Today: Did Keystone XL company write controversial law? (June 20, 2019)

A new law opposed by Native activists and water protectors is being contested in federal court.


Governor of South Dakota admits snubbing tribes with last minute legislation
Governor of South Dakota admits snubbing tribes with last minute legislation (May 7, 2019)

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) knows exactly why the Oglala Sioux Tribe banned from the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Oglala Sioux Tribe bans South Dakota governor from reservation
Oglala Sioux Tribe bans South Dakota governor from reservation (May 2, 2019)

Tribal-state relations continue to erode in South Dakota, barely four months after a Republican governor was sworn into office.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: South Dakota governor does the work of a religious fanatic
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: South Dakota governor does the work of a religious fanatic (May 2, 2019)

Kristi Noem has taken it upon herself to tell us that she is the one who is in charge and she makes no bones about what she has to offer.


Native Sun News Today: Reservations slammed by record spring flooding
Native Sun News Today: Reservations slammed by record spring flooding (March 27, 2019)

Spring flood waters across South Dakota have left thousands of people isolated, many without water, and some without even food.


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe declares emergency amid unprecedented flooding
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe declares emergency amid unprecedented flooding (March 27, 2019)

Two weeks into a disaster, tribal communities are still feeling the effects of heavy snowfall and historic flooding.


Harold Frazier: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe won't allow flag in state capitol
Harold Frazier: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe won't allow flag in state capitol (March 18, 2019)

Another decision by Governor Kristi Noem has been made without the consent of the Lakota people and has resulted in an embarrassing situation.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes protest passage of bill protecting Keystone XL Pipeline
Native Sun News Today: Tribes protest passage of bill protecting Keystone XL Pipeline (March 18, 2019)

Despite opposition from tribal leaders, bills to shield South Dakota from costs of conflicts over the Keystone XL Pipeline sailed through the state Legislature.


Native Sun News Today: Governor aims to stifle Keystone XL dissent
Native Sun News Today: Governor aims to stifle Keystone XL dissent (March 7, 2019)

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chair Harold Frazier had an immediate response to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s announcement of bills to kneecap dissent over the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Harold Frazier: Governor wants to shove Keystone XL Pipeline down our throats
Harold Frazier: Governor wants to shove Keystone XL Pipeline down our throats (March 6, 2019)

Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is putting the economic needs of a foreign company ahead of the future of South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Please keep religion out of lawmaking
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Please keep religion out of lawmaking (February 19, 2019)

Thousands of South Dakotan are not Christians -- most are Lakota people who practice the beliefs of their ancestors.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Native voices are joining our political leadership
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Native voices are joining our political leadership (February 7, 2019)

There is wide recognition that this country is in bad shape in terms of political, intellectual and social leadership, and we know that a diverse public voice is crucial to the health of any democracy.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Republicans are still swimming in Donald Trump's swamp
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Republicans are still swimming in Donald Trump's swamp (January 29, 2019)

Republicans seem to be standing at the ready to 'normalize' the outrageous oppression of the rights by the Trump administration.


Tim Giago: An indictment or impeachment for Donald Trump? Either is fine with me.
Tim Giago: An indictment or impeachment for Donald Trump? Either is fine with me. (January 28, 2019)

Have any of us ever seen such a debacle in the White House? Not in my lifetime.


Tim Giago: Maybe we should form an American Indian political party
Tim Giago: Maybe we should form an American Indian political party (September 4, 2018)

Unite we must; because for those Native Americans who believe there is no danger to our sovereignty are wrong.


Indian Health Service still seeing high vacancy rates
Indian Health Service still seeing high vacancy rates (August 22, 2018)

The Indian Health Service still doesn't have enough doctors or nurses to meet its trust and treaty obligations.


'People are ready for something different': Democrat seeks Native vote
'People are ready for something different': Democrat seeks Native vote (August 3, 2018)

Native voters in South Dakota are making some big decisions in 2018.


Editorial: It's time for the Native vote to count this November
Editorial: It's time for the Native vote to count this November (July 26, 2018)

Native Americans will turn out in large numbers because they are just plain sick and tired of politics as usual.


Native Sun News Today: County looks at fugitives in Indian Country
Native Sun News Today: County looks at fugitives in Indian Country (July 17, 2018)

Authorities in South Dakota say 22 percent of active felony warrants are for fugitives on four reservations.


Trump's proposal to cut public health professionals impacts Indian Country
Trump's proposal to cut public health professionals impacts Indian Country (June 27, 2018)

The Indian Health Service could see a dramatic reduction in personnel if the Trump administration goes ahead with a major reorganization.


Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.


Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee
Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee (June 12, 2018)

Bills to address blood quantum in Oklahoma, tribal recognition and the Indian Health Service are taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.


Controversial Republican candidate loses primary after slamming tribal treaties
Controversial Republican candidate loses primary after slamming tribal treaties (June 6, 2018)

With his campaign flailing, a Republican candidate for Congress dropped a 'bombshell' about tribes and treaties. The gamble didn't pay off.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: It's time to exercise your right (and duty) and vote
Native Sun News Today Editorial: It's time to exercise your right (and duty) and vote (May 14, 2018)

June 5 is just around the corner and Native voters in South Dakota have some important choices to make.


Navajo Nation joins opposition to controversial 'fugitives' bill in Congress
Navajo Nation joins opposition to controversial 'fugitives' bill in Congress (February 26, 2018)

The Navajo Nation is registering opposition to a controversial bill that's been called a threat to tribal sovereignty.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill
Native Sun News Today: Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill (February 5, 2018)

There is major concern amongst South Dakota’s tribal leaders about a bill to authorize the arrest of fugitives in Indian Country.


GOP co-sponsor of bill with 'racist undertones' won't seek re-election
GOP co-sponsor of bill with 'racist undertones' won't seek re-election (January 31, 2018)

It's looking more and more like a Republican law and order bill is a political stunt, written at Indian Country's expense.


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe slams GOP bill with 'racist undertones'
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe slams GOP bill with 'racist undertones' (January 30, 2018)

Indian Country isn't a haven for fugitives, the leader of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe said, rebutting claims from Republican lawmakers and law enforcement authorities in South Dakota.


Republicans stir drama by adding controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to unrelated bill
Republicans stir drama by adding controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to unrelated bill (January 11, 2018)

A controversial bill to exempt tribes from federal labor law has been revived on Capitol Hill, sparking divisions between Republicans and Democrats and putting other Indian legislation in doubt.


Native Sun News Today: Candidate promotes ties to tribes in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Candidate promotes ties to tribes in South Dakota (October 27, 2017)

Billie Sutton, the Democratic candidate for governor in South Dakota, and his family have has been a part of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe community for generations.


Tim Giago: When are Republicans willing to talk about gun violence in America?
Tim Giago: When are Republicans willing to talk about gun violence in America? (October 5, 2017)

The mass killing of Native Americans came to an end because of the outcry of all Americans and because of an outraged Congress.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Will Republicans stand up for Indian Country?
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Will Republicans stand up for Indian Country? (September 28, 2017)

Will South Dakota's Republicans walk all over the rights and properties of Native Americans or will they stand up against this incursion?


Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service
Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service (June 16, 2017)

Efforts to reform the Indian Health Service continue to see attention on Capitol Hill.


Kristi Noem: Enough is enough - It's time to fix the Indian Health Service
Kristi Noem: Enough is enough - It's time to fix the Indian Health Service (June 16, 2017)

For years, federal reports have documented shocking cases of mismanagement and poorly delivered care within the Indian Health Service.


Lower Brule Sioux Tribe accused of 'misuse' of water project funds
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe accused of 'misuse' of water project funds (June 2, 2017)

An audit uncovered $1.4 million in questionable spending but the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is only repaying $54,190 to the federal government.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native voters can make change at the ballot boxes on November 8
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native voters can make change at the ballot boxes on November 8 (November 4, 2016)

Let’s look at this election of 2016. The Republican candidate Donald Trump is an investor in the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Lakota Country Times: Tribes oppose transfer of treaty territory
Lakota Country Times: Tribes oppose transfer of treaty territory (October 28, 2016)

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association has passed a resolution against a proposed land transfer in the Black Hills of South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Republican lawmaker won't agree to tribal issues debate
Native Sun News Today: Republican lawmaker won't agree to tribal issues debate (October 24, 2016)

Rep. Kristi Noem (R) won't face Democrat Paula Hawks at a debate sought by Native Sun News Today.


Brandon Ecoffey: It's business as usual for South Dakota Republicans
Brandon Ecoffey: It's business as usual for South Dakota Republicans (October 20, 2016)

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