The South Dakota Democratic Party’s leadership requested Thursday that Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and Fall River County Auditor Sue Ganje, who is auditor for Oglala Lakota County as well, change the satellite early voting location for Oglala Lakota County. The SuAnne Big Crow Center near Pine Ridge is the satellite site, but a killing took place there last weekend. Randy Seiler, the U.S. attorney for South Dakota, asked Wednesday for the public’s help regarding two recent shootings in the area of Pine Ridge village. Here is the main part of the U.S. attorney’s news release:
The United States Attorney’s Office, the Rapid City Resident Agency of
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of
Justice Services, Pine Ridge Agency, are investigating the September 29, 2016,
fatal shooting of Chunta Suta Wi Colhoff, aka Annie Colhoff, a 34-year-old
citizen of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Ms. Colhoff was shot and killed in Pine
Ridge village. The agencies are also investigating the October 16, 2016,
shooting death of Vincent Brewer, III, age 29, outside Pine Ridge village.
Authorities do not believe these shootings were random acts, but stem
from disputes law enforcement authorities are investigating. Leads are being
followed, persons are being interviewed, and search warrants are being
Seiler affirmed the investigation of these two shootings is a top
priority for federal law enforcement authorities in South Dakota.
Authorities appreciate any and all assistance members of the community
might be able to provide.
Members of the public wishing to provide information should call the BIAOffice of Justice Services at (605) 867-2931, tribal dispatch at 911, or the FBI in Rapid City at (605) 343-9632.
If a member of the public wishes to remain anonymous, you may also
contact the BIA OJS Tip line at 1-888-668-066.
Here is the statement from South Dakota Democratic Party executive director Suzanne Jones Pranger:
“The current early voting location is unsuitable and inaccessible to voters because it is several miles outside the town of Pine Ridge, there is construction on the road to the location causing up to 45 minute travel delays, the road construction makes walking to the location unsafe, and a shooting occurred at the location this past weekend. We have been in talks with the Secretary of State and County Auditor about relocating the absentee voting location in Oglala Lakota County and are hopeful they will move the location as soon as possible to another suggested location that does not unreasonably burden voters.”
Here is a photo supplied by Democratic officials showing traffic at the satellite site: