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Wednesday, April 10, 2024 – Political leaders target tribes with unfounded claims

With no supporting information, Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) claimed tribal leaders in her state are “personally benefiting” from the presence of drug cartels. While campaigning for re-election, Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) warned about tribes setting up “abortion-on-demand” clinics to subvert the states new abortion laws. No Oklahoma tribe expressed any intention of setting up clinics. We’ll examine the fallout from such unfounded claims by high-ranking officials and what recourse tribal officials have to counter them.


Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. (Cherokee Nation)

Frank Star Comes Out (Oglala Lakota), president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe

Ryman LeBeau (Cheyenne River Lakota), chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Richard Monette (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians), professor of law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School