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This photo from early May, 2020, provided by Angeline Cheek shows Curtis Yazzie as he demonstrates at a construction site for the XL Pipeline just inside the U.S.-Canadian border near Saco, Mont. Members of several tribes in Montana and North Dakota traveled to the border crossing for a small protest against the pipeline earlier this month, according to Cheek, an activist from Montana's Fort Peck Tribe and organizer for the ACLU of Montana. Calgary-based TC Energy has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota. (Angeline Cheek via AP)

First piece of disputed Keystone XL pipeline finished

May. 21, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota. But it has not resolved a courtroom setback that would make it hard to finish the $8 billion project. The...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, left, updates media on the COVID-19 pandemic during a news conference at Monument Health in Rapid City, S.D. While many other governor’s have broken from President Donald Trump on stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of coronavirus or when to restart economic activity, Noem has tracked close to the president.  (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Noem: Tribes' checkpoints dispute not just about coronavirus

May. 21, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said on Thursday that her stance against Native American tribes operating coronavirus checkpoints on federal and state highways isn't just about the response to the coronavirus pandemic, but about setting “precedent” on tribes' ability to...

FILE - In this April 13, 2020, file photo, Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. Noem appeared headed Monday, May 11, 2020, for a legal confrontation with two Native American Indian tribes over highway checkpoints intended to keep the coronavirus away from their reservations. The issue pits a governor who has taken a mostly hands-off approach to restrictions during the pandemic against tribes who say her actions are inadequate to prevent infections. (Abigail Dollins/Argus Leader via AP, File)

South Dakota gov. takes tribe checkpoint flap to White House

May. 20, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Wednesday she is appealing to President Donald Trump's administration in her standoff with two American Indian tribes over coronavirus checkpoints they set up on federal and state highways. Noem said at her daily briefing that she has sent...

In this Thursday, April 9, 2020 photo, Nancy Reynoza, director of Que Pasa Sioux Falls, who organized a protest in solidarity with Smithfield Food, Inc. employees after many workers complained of unsafe working conditions due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Sioux Falls, S.D. The pork processing plant in South Dakota is closing temporarily after more than 80 employees tested positive for the coronavirus.  (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

South Dakota city plans 'thank you' for meatpacking workers

May. 19, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota city that was among the earliest to be hit by a major coronavirus outbreak in a meatpacking plant is planning a parade to thank workers, who organizers say have been unfairly stigmatized. Several friends who planned Wednesday's event said they hope hundreds of people...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2018, file photo, Jordan Allen of Buffalo, Mo., is thrown from this bull during competition at the Extreme Bull Riding Tour stop in Yankton, S.D. Professional Bull Riders has announced a new series of competition that will culminate in South Dakota on July 10-12 with live crowds. Event organizers said they will provide face coverings to fans, space seats four to six feet apart and control the flow of people in and out of the arena to accommodate social distancing. (Kelly Hertz/Yankton Press & Dakotan via AP, File)

Bull riding may be 1st US professional sport to welcome fans

May. 18, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — One of the first professional athletic sports to allow spectators to attend as states gradually lift restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus is known for its wild, dangerous action: bull riding. Professional Bull Riders has announced a new competition that will culminate in...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe leaves federal court in Washington. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem appeared headed Monday, May 11, 2020, for a legal confrontation with two Native American Indian tribes over highway checkpoints intended to keep the coronavirus away from their reservations. Both tribes said over the weekend the checkpoints would stand on their reservations. “We will not apologize for being an island of safety in a sea of uncertainty and death,” Frazier said in a statement. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen File)

Native American tribe says sovereignty allows checkpoints

May. 13, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The head of a Native American tribe said Wednesday it won't comply with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's demand to remove coronavirus checkpoints it set up on federal and state highways that run through its reservation. Harold Frazier, the chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe,...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, left, updates media on the COVID-19 pandemic during a news conference at Monument Health in Rapid City, S.D. While many other governor’s have broken from President Donald Trump on stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of coronavirus or when to restart economic activity, Noem has tracked close to the president.  (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

South Dakota's Noem asks tribes again to talk on checkpoints

May. 12, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday held off on her threat to sue Native American tribes that have set up highway checkpoints intended to keep the coronavirus away from their reservations, saying instead she would like to work out an agreement. The Republican governor gave two...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem gives her first State of the State address in Pierre, S.D. While many other governor’s have broken from President Donald Trump on stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of coronavirus or when to restart economic activity, Noem has tracked close to the president.  (AP Photo/James Nord, File)

South Dakota Gov. Noem, tribes in virus checkpoints standoff

May. 11, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem appeared headed Monday for a legal confrontation with two Native American Indian tribes over highway checkpoints intended to keep the coronavirus away from their reservations. The issue pits an ambitious governor who has taken a mostly hands-off...

Workers wait in line to enter the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Logansport, Ind., Thursday, May 7, 2020. The plant was expected to Thursday after closing on April 25 after nearly 900 employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Workers won't be able to return to work until they get tested. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Some blame meatpacking workers, not plants, for virus spread

May. 8, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As coronavirus hotspots erupted at major U.S. meatpacking plants, experts criticized extremely tight working conditions that made the factories natural high risk contagion locations. But some Midwestern politicians have pointed the finger at the workers' living conditions, suggesting...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem gives her first State of the State address in Pierre, S.D. While many other governor’s have broken from President Donald Trump on stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of coronavirus or when to restart economic activity, Noem has tracked close to the president.  (AP Photo/James Nord, File)

'A resume for future office': Virus tests a GOP governor

May. 5, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kristi Noem had been South Dakota's governor for less than six months when she made clear she wasn’t going to let her job in the sleepy capital of Pierre keep her out of national politics — or off President Donald Trump’s radar. The 48-year-old Republican had a...