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Parmalee Man Sentenced


United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on October 6, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Matthew Horned Eagle, age 24, was sentenced to 33 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Horned Eagle was indicted for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury by a federal grand jury on May 13, 2014.  He pled guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury on July 14 .
On April 7, 2014, in the late evening hours, Horned Eagle, who had been consuming alcohol, began arguing with his girlfriend.  The noise awoke a child sleeping in another room and an adult female went into Horned Eagle’s room to tell them to quiet down.  A physical struggle broke out between Horned Eagle and the adult female.  When the victim tried to intervene, Horned Eagle stabbed her in the left thigh with a silver and black military style sword with a 17 inch blade. 

Horned Eagle was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Dead female cougar found near northeast Nebraska

The body of a mountain lion discovered in north-central Nebraska was the first female found outside the traditional cougar range in western Nebraska.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the cougar's body was found was found along a road near Ericson, on the western edge of Nebraska's northeastern region, on Thursday, October 9th. The commission says it may have been hit by a vehicle.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the cougar's gender is significant, because it could mean the establishment of a breeding population of the big cats in east-central Nebraska.

Sam Wilson, the commission's carnivore program manager, says the only female mountain lions previously identified in Nebraska have been well west of Ericson, in the Pine Ridge, Wildcat Hills and the central Niobrara River valley near Valentine.


Group files suit claiming voting rights violations

Four Lakota residents of a community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have filed a federal lawsuit claiming voting rights violations.

The Rapid City Journal reports the Wanblee residents claim in their lawsuit that Jackson County is discriminating against Native Americans by not opening a satellite office in their community for voter registration and absentee voting.

Secretary of State Jason Gant says all of the county's residents have the same access to voter registration and absentee voting as every South Dakotan.

South Dakota residents can now request a voter registration form at the courthouse or online and mail it to the county auditor's office.

The lawsuit claims Jackson County's Native American residents have to travel twice as far as other residents to register in person or vote absentee.


SD hearing to address changes to gaming compact

An upcoming public hearing will address proposed changes to the gaming compact between the state of South Dakota and the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

The hearing scheduled for Thursday at the Prairie Wind Casino will focus on the proposed compact that would allow the tribe to expand its gaming operations.

The tribe operates the Prairie Wind Casino on the reservation's western side and a smaller casino in Martin.

The proposed compact will allow the tribe to operate blackjack, poker tables and slot machines. It will let the tribe to eventually increase the number of machines to 750. The current compact, which expired in June, allows the tribe to operate only 250 machines.

Federal law allows tribes in South Dakota to establish gaming operations under a state-tribal compact.


Events around Valentine this Weekend

There is a full slate of events in store for Valentine this weekend. Old West Days and Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering kicks of this evening, with a BBQ for $5 at Security First Bank's Parking Lot. The BBQ runs from 4:30 until 6:30 pm. Then head on over to Valentine High School for the first performance of the Old Time Melodrama at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. On Friday, more Old West Days events take place at the High School. At 9 am there will be poetry and music sessions. The trade show, western art show, and quilt show opens at 10 am. The featured performance is at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the featured performance and are also available at the door. Old West Days activities continue on Saturday at the High School, and details are located on their website at:

Also taking place on Saturday is the Pumpkin Patch craft show at the 4-H building that begins at 10 am.  The Sandhills Cancer Fund Riders Unite For The Fight Against Cancer is on Saturday as well. Motorcycle ride info, call 402-760-0058, horseback info 402-382-8106, bicycle info 307-399-7360, car club info 402-382-1044 and ATV info 701-260-9267. Freewill donation dinner will be at 7 pm at Brown County Community hall in Johnstown with silent & live auctions.

The Farmer's Market will be at the Henderson's IGA parking lot on Saturday from 9 am until noon. Senior citizens coupons are accepted.

Sunday wraps up Old West Days with special services around town at various churches. There is also a trail ride at 2 pm. Directions from Valentine: head 6 miles east on Highway 12, then take a right past a mound of millings that is currently there. Head about a 1/2 mile to get to the meeting location, and be sure to get there before 2 pm. There will be signs. The Old Time Melodrama has their final performance at 7:30 pm.

Be sure to get out and about this weekend to enjoy all of the activities around town!


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