Governor Kristi Noem wants to defend Title IX protections by declaring boys play boys sports and girls play girls sports – in essence preventing transgender girls from participating in sports.  

She’s reaching out to other governors and attorneys general to join her. Transgender advocates in the state say she hasn’t reached out to them.  

Governor Noem says her office has been studying Title IX cases since September and doesn’t think the bill that reached her desk would hold up in the courts.  

Noem's Future Political Aspirations | PoliSci Profs

Feb 18, 2021
South Dakota governor talks to legislators on the state budget.
State of South Dakota

February 18, 2021 Show 991 Hour 1.

Governor Kristi Noem has publicly stated she is not running for president in 2024. She says her focus is on being governor of South Dakota. Her opponents think she is vulnerable in that regard. 

  • Guests: Political scientists from South Dakota State University, Lisa Hager and David Wiltse. 





Gov. Kristi Noem has tapped into a deep vein of historical controversy with her request for $5 million to upgrade the state's airplane fleet.

SD Tourism

Gov. Kristi Noem hopes the new president supports fireworks at Mount Rushmore as much as the last one.

“Yes, absolutely, I’d love to have President Biden at Mount Rushmore on July third with the fireworks as well,” she said Thursday in response to a reporter’s question during a press conference.


The governor brought fireworks back to Mount Rushmore last summer with then-President Donald Trump’s help. It was the first such show at the mountain carving in 11 years. Trump attended along with several thousand people.

Noem said the fireworks were a success.


In The Moment … January 15th, 2021 Show 973 Hour 1

The Governor of South Dakota delivers a "State of the State" address to the opening day of the state legislature. The address typically offers a mix of accomplishments from the previous year and plans for the year ahead.  Governor Kristi Noem addressed the state legislature Tuesday. Her initiatives this year included an abortion ban, expansion of broadband services, ag industry investment, civics education, and scholarships.  

SDPB News: Dec 9

Dec 9, 2020

Governor Kristi Noem outlines her plan to spend nearly $224 million in one-time revenue the state has this year. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.


Gov. Kristi Noem has an ambitious goal to expand high-speed internet, known as broadband, to “every remaining unserved or under-served South Dakotan.”

She announced the plan Tuesday during her annual budget address.

She said it will cost $200 million. She wants the Legislature to budget $100 million for it, and she said the rest will come from the federal government and internet providers.

Governor Noem Interview: COVID-19 in South Dakota

Nov 18, 2020

SDPB's Lori Walsh welcomes Governor Kristi Noem to talk about COVID-19 in South Dakota and what we can expect in the days ahead. Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Point-of-Care Testing

Aug 27, 2020

In The Moment … August 27, 2020 Show 890 Hour 1

In The Moment ... August 27, 2020 Show 890 Hour 2 Last night South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem spoke at the Republican National Convention. She praised President Trump, called for Americans to reject the idea of a class of elite experts, and she talked about the U.S. Constitution. She also referenced a speech by Abraham Lincoln. (More on that later.) We're going to play Governor Noem's remarks for you (they last just over five minutes) and follow with an interview Governor Noem had this morning with NPR's Steve Inskeep.  First, the speech. Governor Noem wore blue.

Seth Tupper Reports: Fireworks Funding

Jul 15, 2020

In The Moment … July 14, 2020 Show 858 Hour 1

It takes months to plan an event like the Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on July 3rd. And we are still learning about the details of funding the fireworks. SDPB's Seth Tupper joins us now with a look at how this story has unfolded and what happens next.  Seth joins us from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in SDPB's Black Hills Studio.

SDPB News: July 2

Jul 2, 2020

Where is the money coming from to fund the fireworks display at Mount Rushmore? This and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today. 

SDPB News: June 30

Jun 30, 2020

How is Gov. Noem reacting to the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling? Plus, why is western South Dakota showing an increased risk of wildfires after two of the wettest years in state history? All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today. 

"Back to Normal Long-Term Care Reopening Plan"

Jun 25, 2020
Good Samaritan Society

In The Moment … June 25, 2020 Show 846 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem has released her "Back to Normal Long-Term Care Reopening Plan." The multi-phase guidelines are used by nursing homes and assisted living facilities to shape policies for keeping residents safe during the pandemic.  Nate Schema is the executive vice president and COO of the Good Samaritan Society. He joins us to talk about the potential application of the plan in South Dakota facilities. 

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City



In The Moment … June 22, 2020 Show 843 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem took the podium in Sioux Falls today for a press conference that focused on federal relief money and how it stands to impact counties and cities in South Dakota. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us for a recap.

How much of the 1.25 billion in CARES funding will the state’s cities and counties be receiving?

Dakota Political Junkies

May 6, 2020

In The Moment … May 6, 2020 Show 811 Hour 2

Governor Noem bristles at some of the reporting on her. Is the reporting fair? Does the Governor have political aspirations on the national scale? And how does the state deal with an expected budget shortfall? The Dakota Political Junkies have their work cut out for them! We're joined by Michael Card, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and by Sioux Falls Argus Leader investigative reporter Jonathan Ellis.

SD 1 Of 5 States Without A Stay-At-Home Order

Apr 7, 2020

In The Moment ... April 7, 2020 Show 790 Hour 1

South Dakota is one of five states in the country without a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And despite requests, the South Dakota Department of Health has not declared a public health emergency. 

Governor Kristi Noem has been hesitant to employ a statewide declaration. Instead, she's opting for executive orders that leave some local government leaders unclear about their authority. SDPB's Lee Strubinger reports:

Woster Talks Gov Noem's Handling Of COVID-19

Apr 2, 2020

In The Moment ... April 2, 2020 Show 787 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem has handled the coronavirus crisis with consistency both in her policy and her messaging. South Dakotans have come to expect the governor to stand by her word and stick to her guns. Is that helping or hurting? SDPB's Kevin Woster joins us with thoughts on how Noem has led the state during the crisis and how what she sees as the role of government makes a big difference in how we face the pandemic. You can find his blog online at  

Noem Backs Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act

Jun 18, 2015

South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem and two other Republican lawmakers have introduced The Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act. The act comes after the Supreme Court ruling on Young vs. U-P-S. Noem says the bill protects pregnant women in the workplace.

“This bill will give us clarification into the future. And it’s very straight forward. It says that a pregnant worker ought to be given the same accommodations as a non-pregnant worker who has a temporary type disability,” says Noem,

Noem Backs COOL Following WTO Ruling

May 19, 2015

This week, the World Trade Organization ruled against requiring Country of Origin Labeling or COOL. The WTO found that requiring COOL gives livestock producers in the United States an unfair advantage. South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she has always supported COOL and understands the importance of the agricultural industry to South Dakota.

Farm Bill Eyes Final Hurdles

Jan 29, 2014
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Members of South Dakota’s Congressional delegation say new a farm bill is about to become law.
The issue has been tied up in congressional gridlock for several months--leaving many in the agriculture industry frustrated.

But the U.S. House  approved a conference committee version bill Wednesday.  The U.S. Senate is expected to follow suit in the coming days.  
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports the Republican delegation differs on the commodity title in the bill.

Noem No Say On Senate Run

Apr 11, 2013
U.S. Representative Kristi Noem

Political junkies in South Dakota will have to wait a little longer to hear weather Kristi Noem will take a shot at a U.S. Senate seat.

Senator Tim Johnson has announced he won’t seek reelection in 2014.     Noem says she has not decided on her political future and won’t say if she is thinking about a run for the seat.   

“You know I haven’t made any decisions yet.  We’ve been pretty busy out here and have a lot of things on our plate I believe there is still time to consider our political future but right now I’m focused on policy,” says Noem. 

Noem Vows To Work For Vets And Bombers

Dec 13, 2012
U.S. Representative Kristi Noem

Representative Kristi Noem is taking aim at the Department of Veterans Affairs over the plans to close part of a health facility in Hot Springs.

Noem, Varilek Debate in West River

Oct 12, 2012

Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem and her Democratic challenger Matt Varilek spared in their only West River debate of the campaign season.  The pair are running for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat in Congress.  The West River debate was hosted by the Rapid City Journal.

Noem, Varilek Spar over Climate Change

Oct 12, 2012

Climate change might not be a hot topic in presidential election to date, but in South Dakota’s U.S. House race it’s causing a squabble. Congresswoman Kristi Noem and challenger Matt Varilek were at odds over the issue in their only West River debate hosted by the Rapid City Journal.

Varilek attacked Noem for failing to recognize the significance of the issue and Noem fought back by alleging Varilek supports too many restrictions on businesses.  Here are two excerpts from the debate.

Varilek and Noem Spar Over Comittee Attendence

Sep 27, 2012

The man challenging incumbent Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem charges that Noem has failed to show up for dozens of important committee meetings in Washington DC.  Democrat Matt Varilek is running against Noem.   He says Nome attended only five out of twenty two Native American Subcommittee meetings.   Varilek also points to Noem’s four out of twenty attendance record at past Ag committee meetings. But Noem fires back with her 99-percent committee voting record.  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has this story.

Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 26, 2012

Madison Daily Leader Publisher Jon Hunter and Mitchell Daily Republic Web Editor Denise Ross discuss the status of the Farm Bill after the U.S. House adjourned before taking a vote.  The Dakota Political Junkies also talk about new poll numbers in the House race between Representative Kristi Noem and challenger Matt Varilek and a recent Noem TV ad which has received the "Pants on Fire" award from Politifact.