Published October 8, 2016
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA— Harold Frazier, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, issued a statement in reaction to a South Dakota’s television report that erroneously stated 30 horses died on the Cheyenne Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
The segment that aired on the station’s Wednesday newscasts reported 30 horses starved to death at the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros Ranch near Lantry, South Dakota. Lantry is located 12 miles from Eagle Butte, where the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is located.
The ranch has about 650 horses living on its 1,300 acres. However, the operator of the ranch has come on hard financial times and has not been able to properly feed the horses and the deaths occurred. The ranch is now under investigation by the county sheriff’s office.
On Friday, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe released the following statement on behalf of Chairman Frazier:
Statement by the CRST Chairman Regarding International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros Ranch
Yesterday I was horrified by the images that I saw from the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros Ranch located near Lantry, South Dakota. I am strongly condemning the actions of the organization for allowing so many horses to starve and go without appropriate care.
The ranch is located within the exterior boundaries of the Cheyenne River Reservation and has no affiliation with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. It is a privately owned institution with a non-profit running the operations. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will consider actions regarding the organization and the jurisdictions responsible for this horrible situation.
Horses are sacred to our way of life and to see so many suffering has deeply saddened me. I hopeful we can resolve this situation and restore the horses to a status befitting their place in Lakota hearts.