(S.D.) - US Attorney meets with Oglala Sioux about deaths
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson has met with members of the Oglala Sioux tribal council and family members of tribal members on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to discuss close to 40 deaths that tribal members say have gone unsolved or been insufficiently prosecuted.
Oglala Sioux tribal officials have asked Johnson to reopen investigations and prosecutions into the deaths of 39 people dating back to the 1970s who they believe were murdered on or near the reservation.
Johnson says he told the approximately 25 people present at the meeting that three senior attorneys from his office will be reviewing the case files.
Jennifer Baker, an attorney working with the tribe, says the meeting offered a chance for Johnson to meet face to face with family members of those who have died.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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