49-Year-Old Woman Killed by Pack of Wild Rez Dogs on the Rosebud Indian Reservation

Julia Charging Whirlwind

Julia Charging Whirlwind

Dogs should be tied-up and contained on every reservation.

ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION — Julia Charging Whirlwind, 49, was attacked and killed by a pack of wild reservation dogs in the Lower Swift Bear Community on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Rosebud-Sioux-TribeTwo of the dogs were shot and killed by the Mellette County Sheriff early Saturday morning who responded to a call about the attack shortly before 6:30 a.m.

Charging Whirlwind was transported by ambulance to the Rosebud Hospital, where she died.

Packs of dogs known as “rez dogs” have been a significant problem on reservations and have caused numerous deaths in recent years on different reservations in Indian Country.

Tribal members want tribal police to take more aggressive legal action against those who do not contain their dogs and to round-up stray dogs when there are no apparent owners.

The Rosebud Tribe released the following statement on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in response to the death:

“All residents of the Rosebud Reservation are hereby are notified to tie-up or secure their dogs. Any dogs found at-large, outside the owner’s property will be impounded.” The statement was signed by Acting Tribal President William Kindle.

Charging Whirlwind was a mother of five children and was employed as a childcare worker at the Spotted Tail Children’s Home on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

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