Triple homicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

In the early morning hours of January 5, a triple homicide occurred at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. On January 10, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Public Safety of the Oglala Sioux Tribe released the names of three deceased victims who were fatally shot at a home on the reservation.

The bodies of Alma Garneaux, 38, Jamie Graham, also 38, and Michael White Plume Sr., 39, were found shot dead inside a home at 554 BIA 28, Wounded Knee, according to an FBI statement.

“My heart is broken for the families of the three victims,” ​​South Dakota State Senator Red Dawn Foster told Native News Online. “This level of violence does not reflect our community or our people. As the community begins to heal from its senseless act of violence, continue to pray for the families. Foster represents District 27 of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is Oglala Lakota and Diné.

FBI agents from the Rapid City Resident Agency, working alongside the Oglala Sioux Public Safety Department, have developed important leads on a person of interest believed to be responsible for the murders. The identity of the suspect has not been released to the public and is currently being held on unrelated charges. According to an FBI statement, formal charges related to the homicides are pending.

While the circumstances surrounding the homicides are still under investigation, law enforcement said there is no continued danger to the public surrounding this investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Author: Darren ThompsonE-mail: This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) is a freelance journalist based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, where he also contributes to Unicorn Riot, an alternative media publication. Thompson has reported on political unrest, tribal sovereignty and Indigenous issues for the Indigenous Peoples Television Network, Indian Country Today, Native News Online, Powwows.com and Unicorn Riot. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Voice of America on various Indigenous issues in the international conversation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and legal studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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