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We Demand Change in Oklahoma for Justice

US Department of Justice: Bring charges against Police Officers that killed Ma-Ha-Vist Goodblanket, Luis Rodriguez, Robby McMurtry, and Joshua Stand and investigate ALL police murders having questionable circumstances

1. Local DA's have proven they are unable to or do not wish to prosecute police officers for murdering civilians. Without giving the victim of the police shooting the opportunity for justice, the DAs give the family a slap in the face. Many times the victims are people of color or of a low socio-economic status. Local DAs cannot be trusted to act in the best interest of all people, nor are they acting as impartial parties in deciding to prosecute for crimes.

2. When the local District Attorneys fail to act, the citizens of the state are lacking protection from the police brutality and mistreatment. Leaving citizens vulnurable to discrimination and unjust prosecutions and sentencing;

3. The police shot and killed all four of these victims under highly questionable circumstances: Ma-Ha-Vist Goodblanket, Luis Rodriguez, Robby McMurtry, and Joshua Stand. In each case the local DA found the homicides "justifiable". The victims' families deserve an impartial and fair weighing of the evidence in each case, not the undisputable stance of one person in office.

4. An impartial review of ALL police shootings back for 3 to 5 years, that resulted in death under questionable circumstances should be reviewed by the State Attorney General's Office and the Governor (Citizen's Task Force) and charges made against those responsible when the evidence supports it.

5. The Governor and Attorney General should assemble a Citizens Task Force from across the state and across lines of race and ethnicity to sit on the review of the police shootings back for 3 to 5 years and make recommendations as a body.

State of Okahoma and Custer County Commissioners: Change the name of Custer County in Oklahoma

Custer County is named in "honor" of General George A. Custer. It is the home of the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

Without bothering to identify the village or do any reconnaissance, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer leads an early morning attack on a band of peaceful Cheyenne living with Chief Black Kettle in Cheyenne, Oklahoma.

Convicted of desertion and mistreatment of soldiers earlier that year in a military court, the government had suspended Custer from rank and command for one year. Ten months into his punishment, in September 1868, General Philip Sheridan reinstated Custer to lead a campaign against Cheyenne Indians who had been making raids in Kansas and Oklahoma that summer.

On November 26, Custer located a large village of Cheyenne encamped near the Washita River, just outside of present-day Cheyenne, Oklahoma. Custer did not attempt to identify which group of Cheyenne was in the village, or to make even a cursory reconnaissance of the situation. Had he done so, Custer would have discovered that they were peaceful people and the village was on reservation soil, where the commander of Fort Cobb had guaranteed them safety. There was even a white flag flying from one of the main dwellings, indicating that the tribe was actively avoiding conflict.

Outnumbered and caught unaware, scores of Cheyenne were killed in the first 15 minutes of the "battle," though a small number of the warriors managed to escape to the trees and return fire. Within a few hours, the village was destroyed--the soldiers had killed 103 Cheyenne, including the peaceful Black Kettle and many women and children.

The psychological and mental damage to Cheyenne people of living with the constant memory of the "Battle of Washita" coupled with the "honor" to General Custer must be rectified. This travesty of human justice must not be allowed to stand.

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