BIA official released from hospital after being stabbed in office

The Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Fort Thompson, South Dakota, was temporarily closed after the stabbing of Superintendent Patrick Duffy on March 25. It reopened on Marc 30. Photo by KSFY / Facebook

A Bureau of Indian Affairs official in South Dakota who was stabbed in the back was finally released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Patrick Duffy, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe who serves as superintendent of the BIA office on the reservation, was stabbed on March 25. The knife went all the way into his chest wall, according to a criminal complaint that was filed in federal court, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

“Upon his release, Mr. Duffy expressed his gratitude for all of the support provided by friends, family, emergency care providers, nurses, and doctors," BIA spokesperson Nedra Darling said in a statement. "Mr. Duffy also requests that everyone respect his need for privacy during his recovery period.”

Brian Iron Boulder, a 51-year-old member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. He allegedly admitted that he stabbed Duffy.

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