Lakota Ranch
6:53 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Possible Charges in Buffalo Killings Delayed

GREENVILLE - The mystery behind who killed a sacred white buffalo calf and his mother will have to wait another month, as the Hunt County Grand Jury did not hear evidence in the case Friday.

The panel meets next on August 24.

It’s been three months since the two buffaloes, Lightning Medicine Cloud, and his mother, Buffalo Woman, were found slain on back-to-back days at their Lakota Ranch home west of Greenville. The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating since.

Ranch owner Arby Little Soldier, fourth generation grandson of Sitting Bull, said during a press conference last week that at least seven Native Americans outside the Lakota tribe are responsible for the killings. Non-natives may have also been involved.

He posted on his website July 24, “How very lost and evil these killers must be to hurt a sacred, white buffalo calf who brought so much to so many. However, as we reflect back on all the good that was achieved and accomplished in the short time we were blessed with "Lightning", we are thankful for the families that have been reunited, the healing that took place in hundreds of people, the visitors and guests who opened their hearts and gifts to us, and all the thousands of emails, letters, cards, and donations we have received since his tragic murder.”

Interest in the case has been vast since news of the murders first surfaced, sparking national attention and at least $45,000 in donations toward reward money for bringing those responsible to justice.

The plea for justice has echoed throughout the community and recently requested in a letter from Little Soldier to District 2 State Representative Dan Flynn.

“My hope today is to receive your support in keeping this case open and active until justice has been served.”

Flynn responded three days later, announcing his full support for Little Soldier and his wife, Pat.

“"The death of this important symbol to the Native Americans in Hunt County and all over deserves the full attention of law enforcement and justice officials to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice."

Flynn added, "The senseless, premeditated slaughter is something I am confident will not go unpunished.  I have committed to Arby Little Soldier my intention to introduce legislation in the State's 2013 Legislative session that will make the penalties associated with killing a buffalo the same as that of cattle."

Little Soldier encourages anyone with information in this case to contact Hunt County District Attorney Nobie Walker at nwalker@huntcounty.net.

Follow KETR's continuing coverage of the investigation.