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Tue May 12, 2020, 01:52 AM

BREAKING: State Legislators to Noem- State has no jurisdiction over the highways running through Ind

BREAKING: State Legislators to Noem- State has no jurisdiction over the highways running through Indian lands, cite 1990 ruling
Alaina Beautiful Bald Eagle | on May 10, 2020

Alaina Beautiful Bald Eagle

17 South Dakota Congressmen sent a bipartisan letter to Governor Kristi Noem stating that the State of South Dakota does not have the authority to enforce State law within the boundaries of a Reservation. The congressmen also criticized the governor’s actions as confrontational, demanding, and causing a constitutional crisis.

Furthermore, they criticized Governor Noem for failing to work with members of the legislature whose districts include tribal people, lands and government.

We could have helped facilitate conversations and given your office unique insight as to the history, culture, protocols, and vernacular of how to work together with Tribal governments. You elected, however, not to contact us and sent an ultimatum to both tribes,” the letter stated.

Among the legislators who signed the letter were Senators Troy Heinert and Red Dawn Foster, as well as Representatives Oren Lesmeister, Shawn Bordeaux, Peri Pourier and Tamara St. John all who have tribal jurisdictions within their districts.

The legislators stated that the State does not have authority to enforce State law within the boundaries of reservations, a point that the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has argued.

More:
https://www.westrivereagle.com/articles/breaking-state-legislators-to-noem-state-has-no-jurisdiction-over-the-highways-running-through-indian-lands-cite-1990-ruling/?fbclid=IwAR0npycrqR9sGCKz1ek8XJLlJz0yx1cJkY8dEsi7OC-w77A_q2R5ynjQN2g

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Reply BREAKING: State Legislators to Noem- State has no jurisdiction over the highways running through Ind (Original post)
Judi Lynn May 2020 OP
Jamastiene May 2020 #1
2naSalit May 2020 #4
Major Nikon May 2020 #2
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 01:54 AM

1. More power to 'em.

Let them protect their lands and their people. This is good news.

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Response to Jamastiene (Reply #1)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:54 AM

4. After over 500 years of dealing with this kind of shit, they know their rights...

far more clearly than the governor it appears.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:23 AM

2. Kinda stupid to draw a line in the sand over something you have zero power to enforce

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:53 AM

3. Just goes to show how little knowledge she has about

the Indians' status as sovereigns and no understanding of the difference between state and federal law, especially federal Indian law which is pretty clear and where she has no jurisdiction. She can enter into a dispute with tribes via federal venues as a plaintiff or defendant, period.

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