Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 25, 2012

Rare buffalo killing called a hate crime

GREENVILLE, Texas — The killing of a prized white buffalo calf has brought threats from the animal's owners they will take justice into their own hands if local authorities don’t act.

Dissatisfied with how the three-month-old investigation is progressing, Arby Little Soldier, owner of Lakota Ranch, said he wants to see the matter resolved -- and quickly.

“All we want is closure for Lightning Medicine Cloud," he said. "It is what we all want.”

He said he knows who killed the sacred calf and believes they are Native Americans because of the manner in which the buffalo was slaughtered.

“Seven if not more were involved,” he said. “This was a hate crime committed by men who wanted to stop the message the calf brought. We will not let them.”

White buffalo are considered to be sacred or spiritually significant in several Native American religions; therefore, such buffalo are often visited for prayer and other religious rituals.

Sam Lone Wolf, Little Soldier’s brother, said he thinks it’s time to take matters into their own hands. “If the killers want Indian justice, they will get it,” he said. “I don’t care what the Sheriff thinks. I stand by my word.”

David Rice, an Indian War Chief, said he expects the grand jury will report on the case by Friday.

“I think they will find enough evidence to get it over,” he said. “All we want is closure for Lightning Medicine Cloud. It is what we all want.”

Estimates are that a white buffalo is born in about one in 10 million births.

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Details for this story were provided by The Herald-Banner in Greenville, Texas.

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