By Red Power Media, Staff, Updated Jan 27, 2016
Two suspects arrested in connection with Emily Blue Bird’s death
The Rapid City Journal reports, two people have been arrested in connection with the death of Emily Blue Bird, the 24-year-old mother of two whose body was discovered Thursday afternoon in a creek near Pine Ridge.
Two suspects are currently in tribal custody at this time on tribal charges, said Nedra Darling, a Washington, D.C.- based spokesperson for the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs. Darling declined to release the identities of the two suspects or the charges they face, and referred all inquiries to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Sioux Falls.
Frustrated by a lack of progress in the search by law enforcement, Carla Cheyenne, Blue Bird’s aunt, said her husband, Tom, chairman of the Grassroots Chapter of the American Indian Movement, organized the search party that found her body on Thursday.
According to Native News Online social media postings reported Blue Bird was last seen New Year’s Day evening at the Yellow Bird convenience store between Pine Ridge Village and the Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel.
There were rumors Blue Bird had been sighted in Rapid City since January 1, 2016.
Authorities indicated an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of Blue Bird’s death.