Family and Supporters March for Justice on Anniversary of Mariah High Hawk’s Unsolved Murder
Family Demands Answers from Rapid City Police and Pennington County
Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
MEDIA ADVISORY: February 12, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Primary Contact: Delbert High Hawk 605-389-2354
Secondary Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
WHAT: Protest march on the Anniversary of Mariah High Hawk’s unsolved murder to demand a full and fair investigation into her death by the Rapid City Police and Pennington County.
WHEN: Monday, February 13, 2017. March begins at 11:00am.
WHO: The High Hawk family and their supporters, with the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation.
WHERE: March begins in the 1200 block of Silverleaf Avenue (where body was found) and continues to the Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County at 300 Kansas City St, Rapid City, SD 57701.
WHY: To demand an update from Rapid City Police and Pennington County Sheriff to questions about Mariah High Hawk’s unsolved death, and ask why there is so little justice for missing and murdered Native people in Rapid City and Pennington County.
Rapid City, SD – The High Hawk Family of Pine Ridge Reservation along with their supporters and members of the Strong Heart Warrior Society will hold a protest march on the anniversary of Mariah High Hawk’s unsolved murder.
The march will begin at the site of her death on the 1200 block of Silverleaf Avenue, and continue to the Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Government complex to demand answers about her case. Following the march, people will gather at the Mother Butler Center for food.
Mariah High Hawk was found dead under a trailer with evidence of bruising and blunt trauma in Rapid City on the morning of February 14, 2016.
Despite this and other evidence, the Rapid City Police Department says High Hawk’s death is not a murder, and explains away her death by, “bad weather or some other factor.” (Police: Despite family’s claims, High Hawk death not foul play. Rapid City Journal, February 24, 2016.)
What then was the cause of Mariah High Hawk’s death? Why wasn’t an independent autopsy performed as demanded by the family? What was the disturbance in the early morning hours just before she died? How did she end up under a trailer? Where did the bruises on her head and body come from? Why has no official cause of death ever been reported? Why do cases of missing and murdered Lakota women go unsolved in Pennington County?
The Cante Tenza Okolakiciye or Strong Heart Warrior Society is a traditional Lakota warrior society as well as a modern day human rights movement to assert Lakota independence and enforce Indigenous rights for the Lakota and other Indigenous people of Turtle Island.