Hundreds participated on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation yesterday for “Justice for Emily” march. Photo courtesy of Eileen Janis
Two arrested on murder charges
Published January 28, 2016
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION — Hundreds of tribal citizens marched on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the “Justice for Emily” march to bring attention to violence against Native women in Indian Country.
The march was in honor of Emily Bluebird, a 24-year-old mother of two, who disappeared in early January. Her body was discovered by a search party last Thursday, January 21, 2016, after someone in her family received a tip about where her body could be found.
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Family members and Oglala Sioux Tribal members marched from the Sioux Funeral Home to Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge Village. They called for violence against Native women to end and demanded justice for Blue Bird.
Emily Bluebird was allegedly strangled to death. Woman arrested. Photo by Eileen Janis
On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota’s office indicted Elizabeth Ann LeBeau, a/k/a Ann LeBeau, age 23, and Fred Quiver, a/k/a Fred Brings Plenty, age 29. LeBeau was charged with first degree murder and Brings Plenty has been charged with accessory to first degree murder.
The indictment alleges that on or between January 1, and January 3, 2016, LeBeau murdered Emily Bluebird by strangulation, and that between January 1, and January 21, 2016, Brings Plenty was an accessory to Bluebird’s murder.
Tribal members want violence against Native women to end. Photo courtesy of Eileen Janis
Little details have been released about the murder by authorities, but a family member told Native News Online, Bluebird knew the two people charged.
A court appearance has not been scheduled according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office. The two remain in federal custody.