The Racial Hate Crime Against Vern Traversie
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The Racial Hate Crime Against Vern Traversie

    1. Petition by

      Chris Rodriguez

      chamberlain, SD

I believe you should join this petition because a racial hate crime has been done to Vern Traversie. He was branded with KKK on his stomach during surgery or else before. He was withheld of food and hardly ever helped while in the hospital. The worst part is HE"S BLIND. He may be part of my family because i am part of the Traversie family tree and so i really would like to help in any way possible so Please help bring justice to this Man.

Investigate Hate Crime against Lakota Sioux Elder Vernon Traversie

Vernon Traversie, a member and resident of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota came home from a 14-day stay in the hospital to find he had been horribly mutilated. Three Ks can be easily seen carved or burned into his abdomen in the shocking photograph taken the day after he came home.

The victim is age 68 and completely blind. Vernon Traversie's nightmare began when he had a heart attack while at the Heart Doctors office in Rapid City last August. He was immediately sent a few blocks away to Rapid City Regional Hospital for emergency surgery. Being blind, Traversie didn’t even know what was done to him until a RCRH employee came into his room and advised him to have pictures taken of his chest and abdomen as soon as he got home. She said she could not testify on his behalf, but that her conscience got the best of her and she did not agree with what had been done to him.

The tribal police, FBI, and Traversie’s pastor all have photographs of the suspicious wounds.

Traversie is a Lakota elder, who may have been the victim of a vicious hate crime, and his case deserves investigation. Nothing is being done on his behalf by law enforcement. Traversie had retained a lawyer and waited seven months for his Rapid City attorney to take action on his behalf. He posted a video on youtube because his attorney took no action and had told him not to speak about his case. It is not uncommon for lawyers in the Rapid City area to refuse or neglect cases of injustice toward American Indians because of fear the association will hurt business, or because of personal prejudice. The threat of racism and discrimination is ever present in this part of the country. Traversie has since ended his contract with said attorney and tribal officials are working to find someone to take his case.

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    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      know justice know peace

    • siddhartha lokanandi NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this because a so much of the Native American tragedy today is the silence that surrounds it!

    • Carina Schorske SOMERVILLE, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a lynching by those who have pledged to heal. Intolerable cruelty.

    • Sam Lopez MANASSAS, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is inexcusable. For a fine, respected, noble human being to be treated like this is sickening and I will do whatever I can to say, "THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED." Please let me know what else I can do.

    • Julia Jasinski PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      This is disgusting, they better find who did this and put them in prison.


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