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Girl Murdered By Gang Members at the Rosebud Indian Reservation

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Gang members viciously stabbed an un-armed teenage girl on the Rosebud Indian Reservation where more than 70 active gangs have formed;;

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Mary E (46)
Wednesday February 7, 2007, 7:13 pm
dear god..... so sad

Linda D (41)
Wednesday February 7, 2007, 7:47 pm
I couldn't download the article. What is happening to this country? I thought the elders were in control, but 70 gangs is a huge number. Why have the youth become so violent on this reservation?

Kate P (30)
Wednesday February 7, 2007, 7:58 pm
Hi Linda, Here's a quote from the article...
Red Crow said the three girls involved were members of separate girl gangs on the reservation. A survey conducted about 18 months ago showed about 70 active gangs on Rosebud Indian Reservation, he said, ranging from a few members to more than a dozen.
As with any gang-related violence, the stabbing has left tribal leaders on heightened alert.

“It hasn’t escalated any violence,” Red Crow said. “We have been taking some very, very strong proactive measures regarding this, as far as trying to prevent retaliations.”

Linda D (41)
Wednesday February 7, 2007, 8:25 pm
Thanks, Kate. Does it say why there are all these girl gangs? Is there a drug problem? Murder is as violent as it can get. I wonder if an Indian reservation has a police force? Something is seriously wrong on this reservation. The only thought I have is I wonder if they have casino gambling on the reservation and it has attracted really bad people to corrupt the youth.

Kate P (30)
Wednesday February 7, 2007, 8:46 pm
Gangs are everywhere society is...the Indian Reservation is a Soveriegn Nation with their own government and police force. They are dealing with this problem the same way our cities do. Social programs that effect positive change are in high demand with limited funds. I would look to extreme poverty and limited opportunities as the reason these kids congregate into "gangs".

Teri P (105)
Thursday February 8, 2007, 2:32 am
Kate, I agree with you. Extreme poverty and a lack of hope in the future are just a few causes of violence. What can the average person do, to try to make a difference?

Samantha O (374)
Thursday February 8, 2007, 9:23 pm
This,sadly is a sign of the times. Tomorrows mothers can kill another human without compumction.Males have always been involved but now women are just as cold -blooded. We need to reverse the trend and show more caring and less self-indulgence.All of you with money sitting in an account can help. All of us can do something.Ttoo many have too little and too few have all the wealth. Share it around a bit so the poorest can access some opportunities to give them at least a basic quality of life.More than one car or one house is unnecessary greed.Be a giver instead of a taker. It will improve the state of the world.

Linda D (41)
Thursday February 8, 2007, 10:06 pm
Samantha, I agee with you. There is too much love of things and collecting things including homes and cars. Everyone has to ask themself how much do they really need and will use? Give things away to thrift shops run by local charities. Charities have to be checked out carefully when you give donations. Volunteering is wonderful if you are able to do so. I registered at to evaluate charities, but there are others if you do a search. I wonder why people stay on the reservation if there is so much poverty? What kind of businesses would do well on a reservation and provide jobs?

Lorraine Ewart (162)
Thursday February 8, 2007, 10:44 pm
In this incident the tragedy happened on an Indian reservation. In this situation, there are girls as well as boy gangs. It doesn't matter where a person lives anymore, gangs are cropping up everywhere. At one time they were very popular, if you were a teenager and didn't belong to a gang, you would be singled out and assaulted, attacked or killed, why would these things happen to someone who was guilty of absolutly nothing? That is the reason right there. Simply because that person didn't belong, that person didn't decide to belong to a certain gang, wouldn't take the responsability of deciding one way or another. Because of staying out of trouble with the law that is combined with belonging with the gang, you are ostersized.
This standard had gone away for quite a while, now it has come back, why, do you ask, look around, take a very indepth look, at home situation, at school situation, at job situation. You have to realize that in this day and age that there are so many more suicides than there have ever been. Why are there so many suicides, it is called peer presure, it is called not meeting mom and dad's expectations. A lot of parents that feel that their child can go through school the same way that they did, without support from the parents. That's not the case any longer, it's up to the parents to be in everyone's faces in whatever situation that there child or teenager is involved. Oh I realize that you won't be popular when you are checking up on your son or daughter when they are teenagers; they want "their" space, they don't realize and won't realize how much they need you looking over their shoulders so that you know what that friend of your teenager has a reputation for, what the parents of that teenager is responsable for their child.
I don't know if the law in the States is the same as this newest law here in Canada, if your child or teenager that is under the legal age of adult, you, the parent is responsable for that person's acts. This means that if your teenager is found with drugs on their person, (for an example) you, the parent has to pay the penalty for your child/teenager's actions. Another example; if your son/daughter is caught with a gang and happens to have a knife, they will be charged with having a concealed weapon, you are responsable for that son/daughter's actions. If it means a fine, you pay the fine, if you can't afford to pay the fine then you have to do the jail time or you have to do the community services. You are responsable for what your charge's actions. Welcome to the new world. It's because of both parents working that the child/teenager has become so self efficiant. There is no one at home to check on them, even if the parent feels that their doing a great job by having the child/teenager phone them at work after school, it's still not enough, there are simply too many temptations in the world that your responsability can get into trouble for. It's time that the parents took back the responsability that was given up by having both parents working. I realize that it will mean sacrifices, but isn't it better to know what is going on with your child/teenager than it would be to be receiving a phone call from the police department, concerning your presouse child/teenager? The decision is totally up to youl

DC Bass (269)
Friday February 9, 2007, 11:57 am
*hmmmm* the Front Page could do away with distressing stories like this and then be able to make that new AD even larger than it already is.

Pat B (356)
Friday February 9, 2007, 7:27 pm
15 years old. how very sad. kate said it all, gangs are everywhere from a few to many in each group. as reservations are sovereign nations, they also...are trying to cope with this problem as are towns all over the nation. what a loss of a young life...sympathies to the tribe and family involved. dc...if real stories bother you to read and you feel or get distressed, then go to the next one, or go to a different genre of story. no offense, but i wanna know what's going on and stay informed....:-)
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