Noem MOU Press Conference

Governor Kristi Noem addresses the Media while Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and David Flute, Secretary of Tribal Relations, look on. 

In a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Capitol in Pierre, Governor Kristi Noem said the state would be offering a “Memorandum of Understanding” between South Dakota tribes and the state for law enforcement services. That offer comes as a result of the rising methamphetamine epidemic on tribal lands.  David Flute, a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and the Secretary of Tribal Relations, said he is staying in close communication with tribes on issues that are affecting them. One of those issues is the rising methamphetamine epidemic….

Flute then commended Governor Noem for hosting Tribal Meth Summits across the state.  At those summits, state and tribal officials came together to discuss tribal public safety.  Flute says that drugs are destroying the Native American way of life and he says the partnership between the tribes and the state is vital.

Governor Noem says the state is ready to help…..

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says both parties have the same goal of eradicating methamphetmine and making South Dakota safer...

The Governor says it’s “all hands on deck” and reiterated that the state stands ready to help….