Rex Vance Wilson, 1966-2016, was a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
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Native Sun News Today: Police officers cleared in shooting of Oglala Sioux citizen

Internal investigation exonerates officers in Rex Wilson shooting

Tribal resolution calls for independent investigation
By James Giago Davies
Native Sun News Today Correspondent

LAS VEGAS—Conflict of interest can be an obvious thing, like baseball players making their own balls and strikes calls. But a conflict of interest on far more important social matters is very often an integral part of an unjust process. In the shooting death of 50-year-old Oglala Lakota tribal member Rex Wilson on October 12, 2016, the patterns of this conflict of interest can be clearly seen.

Wilson was shot to death by Las Vegas police after a high speed chase. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council unanimously passed a resolution on March 28, 2017, requesting an independent federal investigation into the killing of Wilson. The Tribe’s Washington DC counsel Jennifer Hughes was authorized to hand deliver the resolution. So far, there has been no response from the federal government.

There is no dispute that Wilson needed to be pursued and apprehended. From October 3 to October 12 a reasonable determination of the facts indicates he committed no less than 16 armed robberies. He never used deadly force in these robberies, he never had a weapon. He had taped a plastic device together to give the impression of a weapon.

After the final robbery, in the late hours of October 12, at an Arby’s restaurant, police located Wilson’s 2012 Nissan Rogue, a vehicle he had also stolen, and pursued him in a high speed chase that lasted 23 minutes. It was determined by autopsy that Wilson met the standard for cocaine intoxication.

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James Giago Davies is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. He can be reached at

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