The Oglala Sioux tribe has bluntly told Gov. Kristi Noem to stay away from the Pine Ridge Reservation because of her support for legislation aimed at heading off large-scale protests against the Keystone XL pipeline.
But the tribe still believes it can count on state support for a massive post-flood reconstruction project.
Spring flooding damaged or destroyed hundreds of miles of reservation roads and dozens of buildings. Spokesman Chase Iron Eyes says damage could total "scores of millions."
The tribe wants state help rebuilding roads. It hasn't gotten a response, but Noem recently told reporters she hopes to quickly resolve the ban issue and work with the tribe on such needs.
Iron Eyes says the tribe doesn't construe the statement to mean dropping the ban would help ensure state support.
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