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Update: Sacred white buffalo killed?


GREENVILLE - Details remain vague in what is believed the death of a rare white buffalo, born nearly a year ago at the Lakota Ranch near Greenville.

“As soon as I was notified Thursday morning about it [the incident at Lakota Ranch], I notified the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, the county’s homeland security office and Texas Parks and Wildlife,” Hunt County judge John Horn told KETR Friday. “That was my first response.”

No official statement had been released as of Friday morning from officials with the investigating agencies.

Horn would not elaborate on specifics of the investigation, but did indicate that the cultural implications of the case could be vast as it pertains to the Native American population.

Sources tell KTVT-TV that Lightning Medicine Cloud was was found butchered and skinned on Monday.  The next day the buffalo’s mother was found dead.  

The Greenville Herald-Banner first reported the investigation was underway at the ranch Thursday afternoon.

It was nearly 10 months ago the Lakota Ranch was the site of a ceremony honoring the birth of a sacred white buffalo, which holds great significance to Native Americans. The site is also scheduled to host the 18th Annual Greenville Scholarship Native American Powwow on May 11 and 12, which has grown to include the celebration of Lightning Medicine Cloud’s birth.


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