SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says his office will re-examine a list of nearly 40 deaths that Oglala Sioux tribal officials say were insufficiently prosecuted or investigated.
Oglala Sioux tribal officials sent Johnson on Thursday a list naming 39 people who died on or near the reservation from the 1970s to 1999.
The tribe previously had requested that dozens of murder cases, especially from the 1970s, be reopened but hadn’t identified specific victims.
Now that the federal officials have the list, Johnson says his office will go back through it and see if there are any cases that can be prosecuted.
Johnson says the challenge is finding new evidence for cases that happened several decades ago.
Following is a list of people whose deaths are considered suspicious by Oglala Sioux tribal officials. The tribe asked federal authorities on Thursday to reopen investigations into the cases. The names, dates of deaths and locations listed below were provided to the AP by a lawyer working with the tribe. Names marked with an asterisk indicate that someone was charged in connection with the case, but tribal officials believe the suspect was “inadequately charged” or received “insufficient sentences,” according to the documents.
-Buddy Lamont (aka Lawrence Dean Lamont). Died April 27, 1973 in Wounded Knee, S.D.
-Clarence Cross. Died July 11, 1973 near Batesland, S.D.
-Jackson Washington Cutt. Died July 11, 1973 in Parmalee, S.D.
-Priscilla White Plume. Date of death unknown; body was found July 14, 1973 near Manderson, S.D.
-Melvin Spider. Died Sept. 21, 1973 between Porcupine and Sharp’s Corner on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
-Pedro Bissonette. Died Oct. 17, 1973 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
-Allison Fast Horse. Died Nov. 23, 1973 in Oglala, S.D.
-Robert Reddy. Date of death unknown; body was found Dec. 16, 1974 near Kyle, S.D.
-Jeanette Bissonette. Died March 26, 1975 eight miles north of Pine Ridge, S.D.
-Hilda R. Good Buffalo. Date of death unknown; body was found April 4, 1975 in Pine Ridge, S.D.
-Ben Sitting Up. Died in May 1975. Place of death unknown, but rumored to be in Wanblee, S.D.
-Joseph Stuntz Killsright (aka Joseph Bedell Stuntz). Died June 26, 1975 on Jumping Bull property in South Dakota.
-Andrew Paul Stewart. Died July 26, 1975 on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
-Cleveland Reddest. Died March 26, 1976 18 miles east of Kyle, S.D.
-Richynda Roubideax. Died Sept. 27, 1997, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.
-Wilson Black Elk. Died June 8, 1999 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Whiteclay, Neb.
-Ronald Hard Heart. Died June 8, 1999, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Whiteclay, Neb.
-Delphine Crow Dog. Died Dec. 6, 1972 on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.
-Frank Clearwater. Died April 25, 1973 in Wounded Knee, S.D.
-Edward Means Jr. Died Jan. 7, 1974 in Pine Ridge, S.D.
-Roxeine Roark. Died April 19, 1974 in Porcupine, S.D.
-Elaine Wagner. Died Nov. 30, 1974 in Pine Ridge, S.D.
-John S. Moore. Died Dec. 2, 1974, in Lincoln, Neb.
-James Briggs Yellow. Died July 12, 1975 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
-Lydla Cut Grass. Died Jan. 5, 1976 in Wounded Knee, S.D.
-Lena R. Slow Bear. Died Feb. 2, 1976 in Pine Ridge, S.D.
-Julia Pretty Hips. Died May 9, 1976 in Pine Ridge, S.D.
-Betty Means. Died July 3, 1976 in Pine Ridge, S.D.
-Raymond Yellow Thunder. Died Feb. 13, 1972 in Gordon, Neb.(asterisk)
-Phillip Little Crow. Died Nov. 14, 1973. Place of death unknown.(asterisk)
-Allison Fast Horse. Died Nov. 23, 1973 in Oglala, S.D.(asterisk)
-Leon L. Swift Bird. Died Jan. 5, 1975 in Pine Ridge, S.D.(asterisk)
-Stacy Cotter. Died March 20 or 21, 1975 in Manderson, S.D.(asterisk)
-Leah Spotted Elk. Died June 15, 1975 in Manderson, S.D.(asterisk)
-Howard Blue Bird. Died Sept. 4, 1975 in Wolf Creek, S.D.(asterisk)
-James Little. Died Sept. 10, 1975 in Oglala, S.D.(asterisk)
-Janice Black Bear. Died Oct. 26, 1975 in Manderson, S.D.(asterisk)
-Michelle Tobacco. Died Oct. 27, 1975 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.(asterisk)
-Aloysius Long Soldier. Died Feb. 9, 1977. Place of death unknown.(asterisk)
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