Posts Tagged ‘deaths’

Case Reopened On Pine Ridge Reservation Deaths

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

by  (SDPR) / National Public Radio / August 18, 2012

In the late 1960s, Native Americans fed up with what they saw as years of mistreatment by the federal government formed an organization known as the American Indian Movement.

Founded in Minnesota, the group followed in the footsteps of the civil rights movement and took up protests across the country. One of those protests took place in 1973, when some AIM members occupied the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

South Dakota tribe asks US attorney to re-examine more reservation deaths spanning 50 years

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

By KRISTI EATON (Associated Press) / Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE / July 11, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Oglala Sioux tribal officials want federal authorities to reopen investigations into 16 more unresolved deaths and disappearances at a South Dakota reservation, including one dating back nearly 50 years, a lawyer for the tribe said Wednesday.

Tribal officials presented the list of names to U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson during a meeting in Rapid City. The list adds to the 28 deaths on or around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that Johnson agreed to re-examine nearly a month ago. (more…)

New Inquiry of Deaths on Reservation in the 1970s

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS / THE NEW YORK TIMES / June 20, 2012

The United States attorney for South Dakota said Tuesday that prosecutors would re-examine the circumstances surrounding dozens of deaths that occurred on or near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, many dating back to the 1970s when the reservation was embroiled in political violence. (more…)

Tribe Seeks Reopening of Inquiries in ’70s Deaths

Friday, June 15th, 2012

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS / THE NEW YORK TIMES / June 15, 2012

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D. — Forty years after the siege at Wounded Knee by members of the American Indian Movement, the Oglala Sioux tribe has demanded that the federal government reopen dozens of cases it says the F.B.I. may have mishandled decades ago.

Tribal leaders say that as many as 75 people were killed on Pine Ridge during a three-year period of internecine violence that followed the 71-day Wounded Knee standoff with federal troops in 1973, a time that came to be known on the reservation as the “reign of terror.” (more…)

Feds will re-examine 39 deaths at Pine Ridge

Friday, May 25th, 2012

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / May 25, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Dakota will re-examine a list of nearly 40 deaths that Oglala Sioux tribal officials say were insufficiently prosecuted or investigated, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said Thursday. (more…)

The Holiest Place: A Prose Poem for the Christmas Season

Friday, December 24th, 2010

By STEPHANIE WOODARD / THE HUFFINGTON POST / Dec. 24, 2010

Frank LaMere, human-rights advocate, executive director of Four Directions Community Center, in Sioux City, Iowa, and member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, sent me this prose poem and, with his permission, I share it with you here. — Stephanie Woodard

Christmas at Whiteclay

His father told him it was a forlorn and fearful place, where you could see life but no willingness to live and where ghosts beckon their relatives and the weak to leave this creation lest their suffering be prolonged… (more…)

Dakota Digest: March for Justice

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Published (air date) June 18, 2010
BY PAUL GUGGENHEIMER
SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC RADIO

Alcohol is illegal on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Despite this, alcoholism has ravaged the community. Residents can buy beer only 200 feet from the town line across the border in Whiteclay, Nebraska. For the past dozen years, those who advocate shutting down those liquor stores have taken part in the “March for Justice.”

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Sheridan County agrees to settlement in jail suicides

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Published Friday May 7, 2010
BY TIMBERLY ROSS (The Associated Press)
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

OMAHA – Sheridan County has agreed to pay $100,000 to a grieving mother and improve suicide-prevention policies at its jail as part of a settlement over deaths there, an attorney in the case announced Thursday. (more…)

New details in decade-old Whiteclay killings

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Published  Monday, August 31, 2009
BY CARSON WALKER
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The FBI has released new details in hopes of stirring up leads in the decade-old slayings of two American Indian men from South Dakota whose bodies were found near the Nebraska border. (more…)

Death of Seth Gibbons in Whiteclay

Friday, August 6th, 2004

Obituary from the Rapid City Journal, August 6, 2004

Seth W. Gibbons MANDERSON – Seth W. Gibbons, 51, Manderson, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, in White Clay, Neb. (more…)