Bear Runner acknowledged being arrested on Saturday by Oglala Sioux tribal police. “As of today I have not been arraigned and so I am not able to speak to any charges made against me," he said in the statement the following day. He assured citizens that the tribe’s government will continue functioning as usual, including continuing COVID-19 response efforts on the second-largest largest reservation in South Dakota.
Statement from President Julian Bear Runner of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, issued May 4, 2020.
Rapid Result COVID-19 Antibody Testing for President Julian Bear Runner. The tribe is developing a plant that allow the tribes to conduct these tests with the assistance of professional healthcare personnel at approved sites around the reservation.Posted by Oglala Sioux Tribe - OST on Friday, May 1, 2020
Clem Crazy Thunder, an Oglala Sioux tribal citizen and former drug and alcohol counselor who lives on the Pine Ridge Reservation, said Bear Runner deserves a second chance. “People make mistakes,” he told Indianz.Com. “This coronavirus epidemic has made everybody live on the edge. Before you make any assumptions, let the process play out." "Everybody is entitled to a fair and just legal system," Crazy Thunder said. "Some jobs are stressful and there aren’t a lot of options to cope in a healthy manner. Pray for those who are suffering, including those in our leadership.” But Oglala Sioux artist Patrick Joel Pulliam, who lives in Pine Ridge, said the tribe must hold its leaders to a higher standard. He said the lack of accountability within the tribe’s leadership impedes any real social and economic progress on the reservation. “It’s very, very disturbing and even heartbreaking,” he said. “There’s a moral standard we have to have for our leaders, and a legal one, too.”
"When our people vote on whether to allow alcohol onto our homelands, my vote will be NO" Thank you to the Horse Nation, riders and support. No to Alcohol on March 10, 2020 (7am-7pm mst)Posted by Julian Bear Runner, Oglala Sioux Tribe President on Monday, February 24, 2020
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