South Dakota State News

Thanksgiving – time for family and community

By: Governor Kristi Noem

November 18, 2022

The first American Thanksgiving was a celebration of unity across cultures and races. Two cultures that didn’t know each other came together to eat and socialize. I hope our children learn this as part of our nation’s true and honest history. In Plymouth, Native Americans far outnumbered the Pilgrims—and they brought food to welcome their new neighbors. They spent time together and gave thanks for the abundance that was available to them. And they were also grateful for the extra time they could spend with family.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving together this year, I hope we can really focus on how much we have to be thankful for. We’re grateful that South Dakota’s economy remains strong, incomes are growing faster than any other state, and new business applications are leading the nation.

Some of our farmers may still be harvesting so we are grateful for this year’s harvest and strong commodity prices which will help our agricultural producers to make ends meet.

We are grateful for the year-round opportunities to enjoy our state’s natural beauty, including the deer and pheasant hunting available at this time of year.

We are grateful for the men and women who answer the call to serve and protect us, both in law enforcement and in our armed forces. In South Dakota, we will always respect them in word and back it with meaningful deeds.

I am especially grateful for my wonderful and growing family. I am thankful for my husband Bryon; for my daughter Kassidy, her husband Kyle, my granddaughter Miss Addie and my grandson who will be coming in just a few months; for my daughter Kennedy and her new husband Tanner; for my son Booker, who serves the Lord so beautifully; for Bryon’s family, my in-laws; and for my whole family. I am thankful for the friends who send me words of encouragement; for the employees and government officials who so graciously serve the people of South Dakota; and for the people who have entrusted me with the honor of serving them.

Yes, I am thankful for all of you. And for the next four years, I will continue to give back to you by focusing on growing South Dakota. Together we will make our state even bigger by promoting freedom and opportunity for our children and grandchildren. We owe a lot in South Dakota. Let’s cherish it, defend it, and thank God for it.