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Gov. Noem: ‘We Will Not be Social Distancing’ at July 3 Celebration With Trump at Mount Rushmore


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the thousands of people who attend the July 3 celebration for Independence Day at Mount Rushmore with President Donald Trump will not be required to practice social distancing despite an increase in coronavirus cases across the country.

“We will have a large event at July 3rd. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we’ll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we will not be social distancing,” Noem, a Republican, said in an interview Monday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

State officials have told the people of South Dakota “to focus on personal responsibility,” said Noem, adding, “Every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they’re comfortable with.”

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South Dakota Governor Demands Indian Tribes Remove Checkpoints


A battle is brewing between a pair of South Dakota Indian tribes and the governor’s office over checkpoints set up on the reservations restricting travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Kristi Noem sent letters Friday to leaders of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe demanding that checkpoints that have been set up on those reservations along state and U.S. highways be removed immediately.

If the checkpoints are not removed within the next 48 hours, the governor will pursue legal action against the tribes, the governor’s office said in a news release Friday.

USA Today

Residents Throw Parade For Governor Who Refused to Lock Down State (Video)


South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem was treated to a parade by citizens who wanted to show thanks for her decision to keep the state’s businesses open and not enforce a “stay-at-home” order.

In a video posted to Twitter on Monday, Governor Noem wrote, “I am so blessed to serve the people of the great State of South Dakota. You folks made my day!”

The governor thanked the participants, calling the parade “overwhelming” and that it meant a lot to see the community come together and show their support.


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Hits Back at Critics For Her Refusing Lockdown

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Announces Statewide Chloroquine Trial

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Hits Back at Critics For Her Refusing Lockdown


Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem hit back at critics who accused her of being too lax with her coronavirus response after there was an outbreak at a processing plant in the state. She said the liberal media “have not been telling all the facts behind this.”

Noem responded to the criticism Thursday on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“I had a real honest conversation with the people in our state. I told them I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of our state, of South Dakota,” said Noem, who has not issued a stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“I took an oath when I was in Congress obviously to uphold the Constitution of the United States,” she continued. “I believe in our freedoms and liberties. What I’ve seen across the country is so many people give up their liberties for just a little bit of security and they don’t have to do that.”


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Announces Statewide Chloroquine Trial

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Announces Statewide Chloroquine Trial


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) announced plans to launch a statewide trial Monday to formally test the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malaria drug touted by President Trump — against the novel coronavirus.

The action makes South Dakota the first state in the nation to implement a trial to test the drug’s effectiveness in treating and preventing COVID-19.

In order to collect data about the potential treatment, doctors in the state have been instructed to prescribe the drug, along with the antibiotic azithromycin, to willing COVID-19 patients who desire to be a part of the trial.

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