Patrick F. Duffy
BIA Superintendent Patrick Duffy remains in stable condition
FORT THOMPSON, SOUTH DAKOTA — Crow Creek Agency BIA Superintendent Patrick F. Duffy remains in stable condition according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior – Indian Affairs spokesperson Nedra Darling. The agency remains closed until Monday when the office will resume full operations, Darling added.
The statement was issued from Washington, D.C. late Thursday afternoon.
Duffy was attacked and stabbed yesterday at the Crow Creek Agency office in Fort Thompson, South Dakota. He was taken Sanford Hospital in Chamberlain, South Dakota, but was transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital.
“The employee, Patrick F. Duffy is in stable condition and looking forward to a full recovery. The BIA and the Indian Health Service are working together to provide the agency employees with counseling services,” Darling added.
Duffy has been the BIA superintendent since 2005 and was well thought of by the citizens of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Crow Creek Agency is located in Fort Thompson, South Dakota on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation. The Crow Creek Reservation was originally established in 1863 and is located along the eastern shore of the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. The Crow Creek Sioux has some 3,500 enrolled tribal citizens.
A man who lives on the Crow Cree Sioux Reservation was arrested. He reportedly was at the BIA agency building to get high blood pressure medicine. It is not known why he stabbed Duffy.
“The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services continues to conduct an open investigation into the attack of a BIA employee yesterday at the Crow Creek Agency,” according to Darling.