Cora White House is seen in a photo posted on her LaCreek District Representative page on social media.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux council member arrested on drug charges

LaCreek rep arrested on drug charges
Allegedly released on $2,500 bond

PINE RIDGE — Normally when a public servant is arrested for drug related offenses, an internet search engine reveals stories and details.

Not so with the arrest of Pine Ridge LaCreek District Councilwoman Cora White Horse. According to sources who wish to remain anonymous, White Horse was arrested by Rosebud tribal police on July 4. She was charged with the illegal distribution of prescription drugs and bonded out for $2,500. However, over the weekend, the arrest, and the subsequent reaction, were leaked onto social media.

On July 11, sources assert, White Horse met with Oglala Sioux Tribal (OST) President Julian Bear Runner, Tribal Treasurer Mason Big Crow, and Bear Runner’s policy and strategy advisor, Chase Iron Eyes. Bear Runner then had a conversation with Law and Order Chairman Duane Yellow Hawk, instructing him to conduct an investigation.

On July 12, White Horse requested an Executive Session, where she asserted that the drugs were for her own personal use. Yellow Hawk is alleged to have said that the Law and Order committee would take no action and he left it to Bear Runner to investigate.

Calls to the Rosebud police were not returned. The OST has released no official statement and no news agency has covered this story.

Questions remain as to why the Rosebud police would know she had these drugs on her person, and what evidence they had that she was illegally distributing them under the guise of personal use. Media blackouts and executive sessions ostensibly and justifiably exist to protect the sensitive reputations of public figures; especially should facts later determine the charges to be unfounded. Sources indicate the fear of most tribal members is that this is actually a cover up.


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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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