Dirt over that White Buffalo Calf
Buffaloed over this one. Just feel like stomping.
Authorities are saying the case is closed.
Remember that Greenville, Texas white buffalo calf Lightning Medicine Cloud that died mysteriously just before his first birthday – and his mother died the next day – and his father died after that from a lightning strike?
The forensics are in.
Facts about the white calf’s case have been released.
And they are disturbing.
The death of the calf wasn’t reported to police quickly.
- Lightning had been dead for at least 6 days and had been buried for at least 3 days before authorities were called
- According to Sheriff Randy Meeks there are photographs with evidence showing the calf had not been skinned.
- The examining vet agrees that there was a lot of skin and hair left on the dead calf although there had been decomposition.
Lightning Medicine Cloud died of a bacterial infection known as Blackleg.
- With this infection, black spores enter an animal’s body through the mouth or a cut.
- The spores may remain dormant for a while.
- Illness is sudden and death occurs quickly.
- Cattle are vaccinated against Blackleg, but buffalo are not. (Vaccine either isn’t approved or doesn’t work for buffies)
- Two other buffalo have died on the ranch since May and it is believed they died of the same disease.
The case, now considered closed by authorities, is baffling.
Why did Little Soldier wait 6 days to call authorities if he suspected foul play?
- He said he wanted to consult with Tribal elders? (Surely he didn’t call Elizabeth Warren for advice.)
- Why was the calf buried so quickly?
- If there was a crime, evidence was destroyed.
- Evidence of a ritual slaughter could have been observed by law enforcement
- Ranch workers normally would recognize a death from Blackleg disease.
Why did Little Soldier and other tribal members/war chiefs insist as recently as the end of July that authorities were not arresting those responsible? (Click for story)
- Why did Little Soldier and the tribal members threaten to haul 5+ suspects to the courthouse for authorities? He said they had the names of suspects from another Native American group who were involved.
- Why did Little Soldier tell authorities he suspected Yolanda Blue Horse, also a Greenville Native American, of being involved in the crime? Was Little Soldier angered because she questioned why he waited so long to call authorities?
Little Soldier is not responding to media’s questions. (Lightningmedicinecloud.com)
There is a matter of all the money donated to find those responsible for Lightning Medicine Clouds’s death.
Seems to be a lot of dust still in the air over that lost little calf.
Meanwhile, Yellow Medicine Dancing Boy, the Connecticut-born white buffalo, is doing well.
He may be a celebrity and the hope of the world, but he’s still content to hang out with his mom and cousins.
If you’re visiting northwest Connecticut, it’s OK to stop by the New Goshenette restaurant and ask directions.
People are doing that.
Nice place for a meal, too.
Say hello to Patty, the owner.
There’s a pizza place, too: AJ’s Steak & Pizza.
You know kids are picky.
But they might like Pizza made by Garth, and his story about how cool the white buffalo calf is.
Buffalo or human, it’s cool to keep an eye on the kids.
Watching for thundering hooves,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
“Elizabeth Warren and the Politics of Spiritual Genocide”. Indian Country Today. (Interesting article by Native Americans about their heritage. Link to Natives United Against Warren campaign )
About the Texas white buffalo case:
WFAA-TV: ”Authorities say white buffalo died of natural causes” (Article and VIDEO of TX calf)
Indian Country Today Media Network: “White Buffalo was not murdered, Texas authorities say.” (article of TX calf)
About the Connecticut white buffalo:
Norwich,CT Bulletin: “White buffalo to stay at farm in western Connecticut” (CT. news article and picture)
Rep-Am.com: “Rare white buffalo drawing plenty of attention” (Connecticut. Pictures and short article)