Indian Affairs’ Statement on Cedarville Rancheria Shooting

Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office - Scene of deadly shooting spree

Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office – Scene of deadly shooting spree

WASHINGTON — Assistant Secretary of the Interior – Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn released a statement late Friday afternoon released a statement regarding the tragic shooting at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office and Community Center in Alturas, California on Thursday, February 20, 2014 that left four people dead and two others injured.The former tribal chairperson, Cherie Rhoades, 44, was taken into custody by Alturas Police.  She will be charged with murder and other charges.

Rhoades allegedly opened fire around 3:30 p.m. – PST during an eviction hearing being held at the tribal headquarters. She shot four women and two men. Two women, ages 19 and 45, were killed and two men were 30 and 50.

Below is Mr. Washburn’s statement that was released Friday:

Statement of Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs,

Regarding the Cedarville Rancheria

“Last week, the Cedarville Rancheria experienced a terrible tragedy.  Three tribal members, one tribal employee were killed and two tribal members were seriously injured, leaving the community aggrieved and in shock.

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Interior Secretary - Indian Affairs

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Interior Secretary – Indian Affairs

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the survivors, family members of the victims, the Cedarville Tribe and the surrounding community at this difficult time.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs had people on the ground in Alturas the day after the incident and has assisted the tribe with continuity of government operation.  Tribes around the nation have responded with an outpouring of support and offers of assistance.

Tribes are, by necessity, very resilient and we are confident that the Cedarville Rancheria will survive this tragedy.

The Cedarville tribal government will continue to govern, will rebuild their community and they have already taken steps to start the process of healing.

This event has made my commitment to increasing public safety throughout Indian Country even stronger. ”


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