Kristi Noem spoke the truth, but the reaction she received is sure to make your head spin

Feb 13, 2024

Politics is a contact sport.

There is no small utterance that cannot be taken out of context for political advantage.

But when Kristi Noem reminded these leaders of a horrible truth, their reaction was infuriating.

In a rare joint address to the South Dakota legislature, Governor Kristi Noem (R) spoke about the dangers of Mexican drug cartels operating on tribal lands.

It’s been a growing concern in the state.

Back in November, Oglala Sioux Tribe President (OST) Frank Star Comes Out declared a state of emergency on the Pine Ridge Reservation due to increasing crime.

In her address, Noem said, “The cartels are here in South Dakota, and they are perpetuating violence and criminal activity daily on South Dakota families,” Noem said during a rare joint address to the Legislature.

“They are killing our children with their drugs and trafficking.”

Noem added that the proof of cartel activity could be seen with the spike in murders in Rapid City by cartel members calling themselves “Ghost Dancers.”

While a governor seeking to fix a problem seems like a completely normal occurrence – and one that ought to be encouraged, politics had to find a way to rear its ugly head.

Star Comes Out misses the forest for the trees

In a statement addressed to Noem on Friday, Tribe President Frank Star Comes Out said, “Due to the safety of the Oyate, effective immediately, you are hereby banished from the homelands of the Oglala Sioux Tribe!”

“Oyate” is a word for people or nation.

At issue is the use of the name “Ghost Dancers” – a sacred term in the Sioux community.

Star Comes Out added, “I and the Oyate are deeply offended that you alleged the ‘Ghost Dancers’ are affiliated with these cartels.”

There is no debate that the crime increase is a result of cartel activity.

The OST President is simply playing politics here.

Further reading of the situation betrays the fact that Star Comes Out is just another garden-variety leftist looking to score political points.

Star Comes Out bemoaned the fact that, in his estimation, indigenous people from El Salvadore, Guatemala, and Mexico shouldn’t be “dehumanized and mistreated” by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and “his cohorts.”

Star Comes Out said, “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.”

As a matter of fact, the widely circulated pictures of what leftists deemed to be “kids in cages” at immigration facilities on the southern border were taken in 2014, during the Obama administration while Joe Biden was Vice President.

Noem: I’m focusing on problem-solving, not politics

In response, Noem issued a statement saying, “It is unfortunate that President (Star) Comes Out chose to bring politics into a discussion regarding the effects of our federal government’s failure to enforce federal laws at the southern border and on tribal lands. My focus continues to be on working together to solve those problems.”

Noem is exactly right, and it’s a shame that the Oglala Sioux Tribe President is playing politics with the safety of innocent people in his community.

Ultimately, this is just one more reason why the federal government needs to get serious about border security.

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