“It’s still legal in Oklahoma to kill an Indian”

Foster Child’s Autopsy Results Released(You Tube)

Naomi Whitecrow, a 2-year-old member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes “died of blunt-force injury to the head, abdomen and extremities.”

Oklahoma woman sentenced in child abuse case

An Indiana pathologist ruled the child died of blunt-force injury to the head, abdomen and extremities. A Texas expert testified neurological problems such as a seizure could have led to her death.

Amy Holder, who was her foster mother, only has to pay a fine. No jail time.


Oklahoma woman sentenced in child abuse case

Jurors had recommended no prison time and that she pay a $5,000 fine. The district attorney had hoped for a stiffer punishment.

“It’s still legal in Oklahoma to kill an Indian.”


Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes pushes for prison over child’s death

Despite being found guilty of child abuse, the jury recommended a $5,000 fine for Holder. Tribal members say she deserves 25 to 35 years in prison.

The Dominant Culture speaks again.


Naomi had trouble walking, would fall 20 to 30 times a day, repeatedly tried to gobble food whole and would grab stuff from the trash and attempt to eat it, Holder told investigators.

No matter how bad things get. No matter if it’s rape; no matter if it’s extreme poverty; no matter if it’s stealing; no matter if it’s murder or what it is – the dominant culture will find any frivolous reason to deny true justice if it involves American Indians. May Naomi rest in peace.

4 thoughts on ““It’s still legal in Oklahoma to kill an Indian”

  1. ..because she might be harmed if she stays with her family. Infuriating, sickening and heart-breaking.

  2. US Lawmakers Look into Legal Infractions Connected to Native American South Dakota Foster Care Centers for an NDN radio program but I can’t find a newslink for it.

    Only the one from Nov. 1st on ACLU To Probe If SD Breaks Protection Laws

    Thanks for writing about his Winter Rabbit, your bringing attention to this and Meteor Blades’s diary on South Dakota raises awareness of actions that South Dakota and Okalahoma would like to sweep under the rug.

    Keeping us invisible.

  3. If it gets worse before it gets better, I don’t know where to start thinking. The “better” just seems like appeasements at the political level we want change lately, but I haven’t been as up as I used to be either. I will say that up in Cattaraugus County, New York last year, there was a traditional meeting/demonstration between the Iroquois and the Federal government to honor an old treaty. The government used to give a small piece of cloth as a gesture of good will. Last year, they didn’t. It was in the middle of NY trying to tax tobacco. One of the 7 fire keepers of the Ojibwa called the Doctrine of Discovery “no people.”  

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