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Noem Asking Tribes For Law Enforcement Pacts With State

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Governor Kristi Noem is asking the 9 Native American tribes in South Dakota to enter into law enforcement agreements with the state to better tackle crime and meth addiction on their reservations.

Noem, the former Republican congresswoman, had frequent clashes with tribal leaders after taking office last year, but has been trying to mend fences in recent months.

She says the state wants to help tribes that don’t have sufficient police officers to counteract crime and drug addiction, so the agreements will respect tribal sovereignty while allowing state law enforcement to work with tribal police officers on the reservations

Tribal leaders are warning that Noem will have to overcome not only her troubled relationship with them, but also South Dakota’s long history of mistrust between tribes and the state.