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State finds no wrongdoing in Lakota man's 'KKK' surgical scars

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) said he's uncovered no wrongdoing in the case of a blind Lakota man whose surgical scars resemble the letters "KKK."

Jackley looked into the treatment of Vern Traversie, a blind member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. He claims the scars resulted from a reaction to medical grade tape, according to a press release.

Traversie, 69, underwent emergency surgery at the hospital last August. He has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the facility.

“I’m not surprised that the State of South Dakota is seeking to preempt justice,” Traversie, 69, said in a press release yesterday.

The FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services are also looking into the incident, Traversie's media team said in the press release.

Get the Story:
No support for 'KKK' carving claims, state concludes (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 8/7)
Investigation finds no evidence of mistreatment of Lakota man (KSFY-TV 8/6)
AG: Scars From Reaction To Medical Tape (KELO-TV 8/6)

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