Ben Long Wolf, age 36 of Martin S.D. found under sixth Street bridge May 21,1998 George Hatton age 56 found at West Blvd and I90 bridge May 31, 1998 Allen Hough, age 42 of Rapid City body recovered at South Valley Drive July 4, 1998 Royce Yellow Hawk age 26 died as a result of four gunshot wounds November 12, 1998. Randell Two Crow, age 48 found near the East Blvd. bridge , Dec 8,1998 Lauren Two Bulls, age 33 found downstream of the East Blvd Bridge Dec. 9,1998 Dirk Bartling, age 44 found in Rapid Creek May 27,1999 Arthur Chamberlain, age 45 found in Rapid Creek June 7,1999 Timothy Bull Bear Sr., age 47 found in the creek near Orchard Lane July 6,1999. Lonnie Isham, age 43 his badly decomposed body found behind a store Nov. 2, 1999. Wilbur G. Johnson 41 died of blows to the head - found in an alley Dec. 22, 2000.
In 1997 there was one death reported during the same time frame. A 57 year old man was found face down in the creek near East Blvd bridge, he died a day later.
The body of Lauren Two Bulls was autopsied, but no cause of death has been determined. Although the Rapid City police say there is evidence to cite natural causes in each case, when asked if there is a reason for the 6 deaths in Seven months, a police spokesman said "none". The standing position of the Rapid Police that there is no hate crime involvement. Their quote "Often the hardcore homeless people are there by choice, driven to the bridges by their own private demons".
Click here to read a February 1, 1999 article in Indian Country Today about how the Rapid City Police Department targeted its investigation on the Indian victims instead of the white perpetrators!!!!
This page is under construction again. It is dedicated to the Indian people that have died in Rapid City, South Dakota. The politicians and police officials claim the deaths have all been accidental, due entirely to "drunken" Indians falling into the creek! All, except one shooting allegedly by a 16 year old gang member who shot an Indian man 4 times. The boy will be tried as a juvenile and IF convicted, will serve no more than 5 years. Racisim is the normal way of life for these people. White power and gang symbols graffiti cover the town.
The young gang member and his accomplice are to be tried as adults. I do NOT want to appear heartless here, and I do feel for any 16 year old that finds himself in a situation like this, BUT - he shot a man that was trying help the people most at risk. A man that had decided he could contribute by trying to watch over the homeless, and provide them with a little bit of security. He was shot 4 times! If the boy is convicted - maybe some of those remaining gang members will think before they do this sort of thing in the future.
Accused Teen Murderers Back in Court. Two teenagers accused of first dgree murder were back on court on Thursday. Raplh Larvie and Dustin Seegrist both face life in prison. At a motions hearing, attornies from both sides went over crime scene and autopsy photographs. Both men are charged with the murder of 25 year old Royce Yellowhawk who was gunned down in a Rapid City alley. Larvie and Seegrist will be tried together. An October trial date has been set.
Judge Allows "Third Man" Theory In Murder Trial
THE JUDGE WILL ALLOW THE DEFENSE TO PLAY OUT THE "THIRD MAN" SCENARIO IN THE MURDER CASE OF RALPH LARVIE AND DUSTIN SEEGRIST.
LARVIE AND SEEGRIST ARE CHARGED WITH MURDER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF ROYCE YELLOW HAWK LAST NOVEMBER. BUT SEEGRIST'S ATTORNEY, MICHAEL STONEFEILD, SAYS SOMEONE ELSE PULLED THE TRIGGER. HE POINTS TO FRANK YOUNG. IN TODAY'S MOTIONS HEARING, HE SAYS YOUNG HAD OPPORTUNITY AND MOTIVE.
THE CONNECTION THE DEFENSE RELIES ON ... YOUNG WAS INVOLVED IN AN ARMED ROBBERY IN APRIL OF 1996. ROBBERY WITNESSES SAY YOUNG HELD THE GUN THE SAME WAY WITNESSES DESCRIBE THE SHOOTER IN THIS CASE. BASED ON THAT, JUDGE JANINE KERN WILL ALLOW THE EVIDENCE. "It's our job to present the evidence and present the case as clear as possible and that's what we're going to attempt to do," Glenn Brenner, state's attorney, said.
THE TRIAL IS SCHEDULED TO START NEXT WEEK.
Update 11/3/99 Seegrist gets 15-year sentence
THE MAN WHO POLICE AND PROSECUTORS BELIEVED KILLED A RAPID CITY MAN IS SENTENCED TODAY, BUT NOT FOR MURDER.
17-YEAR-OLD DUSTIN SEEGRIST WAS SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN THE STATE PRISON. SEEGRIST PLEADED GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED ASSAULT IN THE KILLING OF 26-YEAR- OLD ROYCE YELLOW HAWK LAST YEAR. THE STATE HAD ORIGINALLY ACCUSED SEEGRIST WITH MURDER BUT HAD TO DROP THE CHARGE. PROSECUTORS COULDN'T ESTABLISH WHO EXACTLY FIRED THE SHOTS THAT KILLED YELLOW HAWK LAST NOV. 13 IN A RAPID CITY ALLEY.
TODAY YELLOW HAWK'S FAMILY SPOKE, SAYING IT HAS BEEN A LONG YEAR. THEY ASKED JUDGE THOMAS TRIMBLE TO SENTENCE SEEGRIST TO 15 YEARS. "This is a dangerous man we're talking about," Prosecutor Glenn Brenner said. "I don't think he has any remorse. I don't think he has any understanding of the value of human life and at least he's now sentenced to 15 years in the state penitentiary so our community can be safe."
SEEGRIST WAS ALSO ORDERED TO PAY ABOUT $3,000 IN RESTITUTION.
ANOTHER PERSON ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH MURDER, RALPH LARVIE, EARLIER PLEADED GUILTY TO BEING AN ACCESSORY TO THE KILLING. LARVIE WAS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON.
BOTH LARVIE'S AND SEEGRIST'S ATTORNEYS ARGUED THAT A THIRD PERSON ... FRANK YOUNG ... COULD HAVE FIRED THE FATAL ROUNDS. BUT CHEMICAL TESTING COULDN'T DETERMINE WHO ... IF ANYONE ... ACTUALLY FIRED THE GUN. LARVIE ADMITS HE TOOK THE GUN AFTER THE SHOOTING AND HID IT.
October 2, 1999
The Lakota people in Rapid City have organized and put together patrols, and attempted to set up a Camp Stronghold. The police prevented the camp from being established. The police would not allow the Lakota people to patrol as they had planned either. Patrol areas were indicated by the police. Non-Lakota people have claimed to be the "spokespersons" for the Lakota, and the police decided to work with them - WHY?
November 2, 1999 Police try to identify body.
AN AUTOPSY THIS AFTERNOON HASN'T GIVEN POLICE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO IDENTIFY A BODY FOUND NEAR A STORE YESTERDAY.
THIS MORNING, RAPID CITY POLICE SAID THEY HAVE A TENTATIVE IDENTIFICATION ON THE RAPID CITY MALE FOUND IN AN OVERGROWN, GRASSY AREA BEHIND THE WAL-MART STORE. WITH SOME ITEMS FOUND NEAR THE BODY, INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THEY KNOW WHO IT IS. BUT BECAUSE THE BODY WAS OUT IN THE OPEN FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, IT IS BADLY DECOMPOSED. SO A PATHOLOGIST IS STILL WORKING ON IDENTIFICATION.
LIEUTENANT JIM FIELDS TELLS KOTA TERRITORY NEWS HE EXPECTS AN ANSWER SOME TIME TOMORROW.
POLICE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DETERMINE HOW THE MAN DIED BECAUSE OF THE STATE OF THE BODY.
November 4, 1999 Police ID body found Monday
Police have identified the body found behind the Rapid City Wal-Mart Store Monday afternoon. It is 43-year-old Lonnie Isham of Rapid City. Police say he was a homeless man with a history of substance abuse. While they haven't determined the exact cause of death, there wasn't any evidence of foul play at the scene. Police say Isham had been arrested a number of times for huffing toxic substances.
People walking by saw Isham's body and called police. Investigators believe he had been there for some time, his body badly decomposed.
If these facts bother you - If Indian people dying at the hands of skinheads bothers you - If police that refuse to investigate crimes bothers you - If prosecuters that make half hearted attempts in front of racist judges bothers you - Then please help us to do something about it.
American Indian Cultural Support is an organization dedicated to assisting Indian people in preserving our cultures. AICS pledges support to the Lakota people in Rapid City. Support to the Lakota people who are doing something about the problems. Support to the Lakota people who are most affected by these on-going uninvestigated deaths!