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Noem Bans State Contracts with Companies from Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela

Governor Kristi Noem ordered the state Friday to stop doing business with “evil foreign governments“.

“It is critical that we protect South Dakotans from evil foreign governments,” said Governor Noem. “This order ensures that these countries cannot leverage telecommunications or state contract procurements to gain access to crucial state infrastructure and data” [Office of the Governor, press release, 2023.01.20].

Executive Order 2023-02 only uses the word “evil” once, in its fourth Whereas clause. The other Whereases warn that China has bought land near Grand Forks Air Force Base; that Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea have waged cyber-attacks on American assets; and that China is trying to “ransack” Western intellectual property. The order thus declares every business and organization in China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia “prohibited entities” with whom the state of South Dakota may do no business. The order also throws Cuba and Venezuela on the no-buy list, even though it doesn’t mention any specific evil those nations have conducted.

EO 2023-02 explicitly prohibits the purchase of information and communication technologies “created, owned, or controlled by a Prohibited Entity, or by any other means made unsafe for South Dakota’s cybersecurity by any connection to a Prohibited Entity.” Hmmm… Apple has a lot of connections to Chinese companies; I guess the state can’t buy any more iPhones or Macbooks. Given Chinese manufacturers’ efforts to put their components in more tech products, the state of South Dakota may have freeze all procurement and review the sources of every component in every phone, computer, and automobile to ensure that not one “evil” component sneaks into anything the state buys.

This ban on business with companies from six “evil” nations is not limited to tech firms. Section 2 of EO 2023-02 bans any contract with any prohibited entity. I don’t see any state contracts with Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods, but if we’re really going to get into the spirit of this order and prevent the evil Chinese from gaining any advantage from their incursion into American agriculture, then the state needs call Aramark and tell them to make sure they aren’t buying any Smithfield wieners or bologna to feed our prisoners.

Noem’s order does not apply, of course, to private businesses, like all the trust companies on Phillips Avenue, who are welcome to continue helping Russian oligarchs and other global evildoers hide their money in dark South Dakota vaults and do more damage to the integrity of the Republic than the Chinese making bacon at Smithfield.


  1. larry kurtz 2023-01-21 09:28

    Mrs. Noem has the Qochtopus narrative down pat, init?

    Kristi Noem’s target is China even after her predecessors sold green cards to Chinese investors through the EB-5 program and the cash funneled into some 90 dairies, a cheese factory, a slaughterhouse and even into the Deadwood Mountain Grand resort? They’re all struggling to find help right now because the crappy pay, the worse weather and the governor’s lackadaisical attitude about pandemic protocols threatening human life. Recall she called Georgia’s two Democratic US Senators, Communists from the state that controls much of the means of production.

  2. sx123 2023-01-21 09:54

    Holy crap this is dumb.

  3. Donald Pay 2023-01-21 10:34

    Pardon me, but that’s a rather ineffectual executive order. There are so many ways to get around it. I’d ask if the State of South Dakota, through its banking and trust secrecy laws is part of the problem.

  4. All Mammal 2023-01-21 10:42

    I love the Chinese. I don’t like how their government treats their Uyghur people. I find our governor’s executive orders just as dangerous as any of the mean leaders of her banned countries. We must pray for Iran’s people. Zan, Zindagi, Azadi! Screw Puti. Gov. Noem is going nowhere with her latest gulp of Hateraide. How does she look at herself and not see evil? Her evil is embarrassing.

  5. All Mammal 2023-01-21 10:46

    She is seriously pulling a Dr. Evil from Austin Powers. Everytime she says ‘evil’, she needs to put her pinkie to the corner of her mouth.

  6. P. Aitch 2023-01-21 11:27

    “Hateraide?” love it :)

  7. 96Tears 2023-01-21 11:30

    She’s got ’em shakin’ in their boots!

    What a moron.

  8. Mike 2023-01-21 11:48

    How about she bans her own evil DPS (Drivers licensing Div) from taking & sharing our biometric data with our evil federal govt? Big Sister loves Big Brother.

  9. Anne 2023-01-21 12:26

    Gov. Ditz is laying out her plan for ruling the world,

  10. e platypus onion 2023-01-21 12:59

    Has Smithfield bailed on Duhkota, yet?

  11. Steve Simons 2023-01-21 13:00

    Good. No Made In China Fireworks At Mt. Rushmore.

  12. e platypus onion 2023-01-21 13:01

    All Mammal. la Noem would need to hire an out of stater to place her finger in her mouth. You wouldn’t expect her to do anything for herself, do you?

  13. P. Aitch 2023-01-21 13:11

    Governor Noem got caught cheating in High School Biology class. I know that because one of my best friend’s father was her teacher.
    She lied and denied up until the end of the semester, but he had her dead to rights.
    Had she paid attention in History class she’d know that never has American isolationism ended up anywhere but on the wrong side of history.

  14. Arlo Blundt 2023-01-21 13:28

    The Chinese have done well by the South Dakota soy bean farmers and have kept the old Morrell’s plant in operation long past its effectiveness as a hog killer.There is hardly a corner of the state their commerce doesn’t touch. I can’t believe the Governor is serious.Is she going to ban Chinese goods from Wal-Mart and Dollar Stores?? As a Trump devotee she has always been soft on Putin. Easy to beat up on the Cubans and the basket case Venezuela has become. The Governor is just distributing taffy with this pronouncement. Nothing will come of it. There will be no follow through. She will move on to other nonsense.

  15. larry kurtz 2023-01-21 13:28

    Recall back in 2015 a Republican former ag secretary named Lucas Lentsch went to Cuba with the hope of selling genetically engineered food-like substances to that nation.

    Cuba is Earth’s second most literate country; the US is tied for 20th. President Jimmy Carter tried to save the world during his Presidency but nobody cared.

  16. P. Aitch 2023-01-21 14:16

    As Arlo notes MAGA’s are hard on China and soft on Russia. Do you know why? Because Russians are white.

  17. Donald Pay 2023-01-21 14:47

    You wonder what standard was used to specify the countries on Noem’s list. I have a feeling some righty think tank or political consultant concocted the list based on what excites the righty base. Venezuela? It’s on a righty s**t list, but they care so much about Venezuela that they will turn away people at the border who are under direct threat from that regime. Oh, South Dakota can’t buy sugar packets from Venezuela, but you poor, bedraggled and terrorized folks are going to be sent back to that “evil” regime. See how much we care about “evil?” And Noem taking South Dakota Guard troops to the border to cull those Venezuelans, now THAT, tells you all you need to know about who is evil. Put South Dakota on that list.

  18. e platypus onion 2023-01-21 16:03

    South Duhkota sure wanted Chinese and EB5 millions in the not too distant past.

  19. grudznick 2023-01-21 16:33

    What about Evil Neighboring States? You know I’m talking about Minnesota and also Missouri, which counts as Iowa’s wicked stepbrother.

  20. Mark Anderson 2023-01-21 18:09

    Come everybody, Noem is just calling out evil. She practices it in front of her mirror every day. Ian helps her.

  21. All Mammal 2023-01-21 18:22

    Ian Fury’s going to need to sit on extra cushion when he reads Mr. Simon’s comment because he can’t lie and say there’s such thing as fireworks that don’t say made in China.
    P. Aitch and several others’ nonfiction statements might earn a disrespectful essay from the butt-hurt state employee, like the one he wrote in rebuttal to the State of the Tribes address recently. Mr. Lengkeek’s address and Mr. Fury’s furrocious response are on South Dakota Standard.

    Mr. Fury wastes a lot of watts because he communicates like a sophomore and has one-way conversations with .internet. when someone makes him mad. No juice.

    Our state puts people away for decades based on they maybe coulda gave an old guy something to help make him feel better. At the same time, the state wants to pay water polluters $13,000 to incentivize them to sign up to get someone to come out and put up a buffer zone along the water front. The ones poisoning millions of Americans and decimating all our good and sweet riparian habitats are coddled and cajoled and paid handsomely in SD. Not only sick and wrong. Boy, not by a long shot.
    In a society with half a brain cell and a tad bit of decency, water polluters wind up in cuffs. All our neighbors have every right to sanction our trashy state. It is devil worship to eat where you $..+.

  22. cibvet 2023-01-22 00:32

    If there was any “crucial state infrastructure and data” these evil countries wanted from South Dakota, they would already have it, but my guess would be they are not interested in SD hick mentality. Now if they have bedroom pictures of noem and lew, I would pay a couple of bucks to see those.

  23. Richard Schriever 2023-01-22 09:05

    But Russia – home to super-hacking government agencies disguised as “services” businesses – that’ll be fine for SD. Right? Cause – they’re white and Christian – dontcha know?

  24. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-01-22 09:38

    No fireworks from China—yes! There’s a policy implication for Team Noem to consider. In 2018, NPR reported that 99% of consumer fireworks and 70% of professional fireworks are made in China. The California company that Noem contracted for the 2020 Rushmore fireworks blaze, Pyro Spectaculars, bases its business model on China: “Utilizing the leverage of our partnership and relationships with Chinese manufactures [sic], we believe to have created the highest quality products at exceptional pricing.”

    So in 2020, Noem exposed Trump to evil Chinese explosive devices.

  25. leslie 2023-01-30 09:53

    December 2022 status of federal trust industry regulation:

    Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, was behind the move to strike the bill from the NDAA….

    The Pandora Papers investigation showed how U.S. attorneys, registered agents, trust and corporate service providers and real estate agents helped members of the global elite conceal their wealth in tax havens like Wyoming, South Dakota and Delaware.

    Unlike banks and other financial institutions, such middlemen are not required to closely scrutinize the source of their clients’ wealth.

    The most significant reform to the country’s anti-money laundering laws in 20 years…, the Enablers Act would for the first time require trust companies, lawyers, art dealers and others to investigate clients as well as the source of money and other assets that are moved into the American financial system.

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