FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, provided by Morton County Sheriff's Department, law enforcement and protesters clash near the site of the Dak...
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, provided by Morton County Sheriff's Department, law enforcement and protesters clash near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D. A western South Dakota sheriff is seeking to be dismissed from a lawsuit challenging new state laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL oil pipeline similar to those a few years ago in North Dakota against the Dakota Access pipeline. Attorneys for Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom say he must enforce state laws but isn't responsible for defending them. They also argue the lawsuit is baseless. The American Civil Liberties Union and American Indian tribes maintain the legislation stifles free speech. (Morton County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she won't test an American Indian tribe that has banned her from one of the largest reservations in the country, but she hopes to change the directive.
The Oglala Sioux is upset with legislation pushed by Noem that aims to quell any protests against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline similar to those in North Dakota that plagued construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
The Tribal Council on May 1 voted 17-0 to tell Noem she's no longer welcome on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Noem says she respects tribal sovereignty and won't travel there without the tribe's blessing. But she also hopes to change the tribal edict.
Noem says she's had informal talks with council members but hasn't yet spoken with President Julian Bear Runner.