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Oglala Sioux president out of jail after weekend arrest

May 4, 2020 GMT

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota is out of jail after being arrested over the weekend.

The Rapid City Journal reports Julian Bear Runner was booked into jail on Saturday, according to the Community Information Portal website of the tribe’s departments of public safety and corrections. His name was removed from the jail’s roster by Sunday.

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Police Chief Robert Ecoffey confirmed to the newspaper that the Bear Runner booked into jail is the president. But the police chief said he was out of the office and didn’t have the arrest report to give details of the arrest.

Bear Runner confirmed in a news release Sunday that he was arrested but said that because he has not yet been arraigned, he doesn’t know what he’s being charged with. He said he could not comment, but as president of the Oglala Sioux he wanted to inform the Oyate of his arrest.

Neither Ecoffey nor Bear Runner immediately replied to Associated Press requests for comment Monday.