2017-04-20 / Headlines

US Attorney Recognizes Lakota Lawman


PINE RIDGE -- The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota honored a long-time Lakota law enforcement officer this past week.

John Long, acting BIA Superintendent in Pine Ridge who also worked as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement, was recognized for his work at a ceremony on Tuesday with a Distinguished Service Award.

“As a result of his extraordinary determination and commitment to the safety of the citizens of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, hundreds of important violent crimes were prosecuted in federal court over many years. Agent Long also distinguished himself through his outreach to other federal agencies, as well as State and law enforcement offices in an effort to bring all resources to the table to stem crime on the reservation,” said the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a statement.

Long has spent the majority of his career serving the people of the Oglala Lakota Nation.

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