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Transformation Project sues Noem over contract termination

Governor Kristi Noem delivers the FY23 Budget Address
Governor Kristi Noem delivers the FY23 Budget Address (file)

A South Dakota nonprofit that supports transgender youth is suing Gov. Kristi Noem over a recent contract termination.

The Transformation Project had a contract through the Department of Health to hire a community health worker.

Noem canceled the deal shortly after a conservative news outlet reported on the contract. Her office said Noem does not support the Transformation Project’s efforts.

The $136,000 contract was funded through a federal CDC grant.

The Transformation Project filed its federal lawsuit against Noem and the Secretary of Health Thursday, according to court documents. The suit argues terminating the contract violated the organization’s civil rights by discriminating based on gender.

Josh Chilson is the news director at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. A Florence, S.D. native, Josh graduated with a journalism degree from South Dakota State University. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and videographer, and most recently as managing editor for Dakota News Now. Josh is based out of SDPB's Sioux Falls studio.
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