Crow Creek BIA Agency Office – Scene of stabbing
FORT THOMPSON, SOUTH DAKOTA — Patrick F. Duffy, the superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation was attacked and stabbed at the BIA headquarters in Fort Thompson, South Dakota.
Patrick F. Duffy
“The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services is currently investigating the stabbing of a BIA employee today at the Crow Creek Agency,” Nedra Darling, communications spokesperson for the US Department of the Interior – Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., commented via an email. “The BIA Police have the subject in custody and have taken steps to ensure the safety of employees and visitors.”
Duffy was taken Sanford Hospital in Chamberlain, South Dakota, but was transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital where is was listed in stable condition, according to The Capitol Journal.
A man, who is not a Crow tribal member but who lives on the Crow Indian Reservation, was arrested and transported to the correctional facility at Lower Brule, which houses prisoners arrested on the Crow Indian Reservation are incarcerated.
“We call Patrick, Pat. This was very disturbing news for everyone. Pat is one of the nicest guys I know. Why someone would want to hurt him is beyond me? I know that being a BIA superintendent can be a very difficult job at times, as well as being a chairman. But to go the lengths of actually hurting someone is absolutely ludicrous! We are praying for Pat and his family and hope he is okay,” commented Brandon Sazue, former Crow Creek Tribal Chairman to Native News Online.
“As high ranking officials, we are put to the test many times over, but to stab someone is going overboard! There is always a process to follow to get ones point across and hurting someone is not one of them. Pat did not deserve to be attacked like this. He is an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and what happened to him is like hurting a brother. I only wish him the best and hope he gets well soon,” continued Sazue.
The motive for the stabbing was not immediately known on Wednesday and the attack remains under investigation by BIA law enforcement.
The Crow Creek Indian Reservation is located in the central part of South Dakota and is located some 60 miles southeast from Pierre, the state capital of South Dakota.