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Man held in brother’s death on Pine Ridge Reservation

January 23, 2020 GMT

PORCUPINE, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have detained a man after his brother died in a fight on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota.

Officers from the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Department of Public Safety were called about an assault at a home near Porcupine early Wednesday. A witness told arriving officers that two family members were fighting.

Officers “observed a large amount of blood” and found a man who had been struck with an unknown object. The man was taken to the Indian Health Service hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A brother allegedly involved in the fight was treated for minor injuries and taken to jail, the Rapid City Journal reported.

The names of those involved have not been released.

Tribal police, the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are investigating.