OST President calls state of emergency for Pine Ridge

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — In response to an increase in homicide investigations and meth addiction on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe has declared a state of emergency.

In the past month two homicide investigations began on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

In response to not just these incidents but the growing number of homicides and meth use, Bear Runner declared a state of emergency on Monday. According to Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner, these homicides “directly relate to meth use”.

The declaration calls for immediate assistance from the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs drug task force and any other resources available, including funding, to fight the problem.

In addition to the official declaration, Bear Runner said on Facebook:

As President, I will do all in my authority to carry out your will, to defend our homelands and create a safe place to raise our families. My office will update as to immediate future plans to help defend our way of life.

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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