Native American Male
Kills Caucasian Teenager at Hardee’s: Rapid City, SD
Daniel G. Snethen
court finds the
defendant Maȟpíya Kimímila Lúta
(Cloud Red-Butterfly) guilty of third-degree manslaughter and hereby sentences him
to 10 years of imprisonment.” And, just like that, the 19-year-old Indigenous
teenager from Potato Creek, SD, was sent off to the state penitentiary.
earlier, Cloud had entered the lobby of the 6th & St. Joseph
Street Hardee’s near downtown Rapid City, SD. What Red-Butterfly didn’t realize
is that he was walking into the midst of a clandestine anti-bullying campaign.
What he first saw were three non-native teenage males picking on an overweight native
that on your
sauce—bet you wish it belonged to me—don’t ya?”
handful of her fries and with a mouthful, exclaimed, “Damn bitch, these sure
taste good—just like you, I bet.”
third spit a wad
of chewing gum into her Dr. Pepper. The girl started to cry.
patrons appeared to be a bit disturbed by this blatant display of disrespect
but ultimately chose to ignore it. And the bullying antics continued. But as
the clientele began to unwrap their sandwiches, they seemed to become more and
more agitated. Finally, they started to approach the front counter to complain.
they were not uptight
about the horrible behaviors being perpetrated upon the young native girl in
plain sight. Oddly, instead, they were upset because several of their food
items had been deformed. Buns were flattened, burgers had no meat and fries
were served mangled and broken in two. The customers were both puzzled and
outraged and demanded satisfaction.
after much consternation,
the manager started to explain that this was all part of an anti-bullying
awareness campaign to show just how easy it is for people to become ambivalent and
ignore the plight of others while at the same time becoming extremely defensive
when they felt wronged.
you all now
realize that none of us should ever stand around complacent while others are
being harmed. Naturally, we will refill your orders and reimburse you your
money and we thank you for your participation and understanding.”
while this was
taking place, Cloud Red-Butterfly—with the noblest of intentions and totally
oblivious to the ongoing campaign, asked the three teenage males to please
leave the young lady alone.
that’s when they
called him a fucking prairie-nigger.
Snethen is an educator, naturalist, moviemaker, poet, and short story
writer from South Dakota. He teaches on the Pine Ridge Reservation at Little
Wound High School in the heart of Indian Country. His best friend is his
three-legged dog, Knightly, who is a cancer survivor.
Stanton's fiction, poetry and paintings appear in 2River,
The A3 Review, Avatar, The Baltimore City Paper, The Baltimore
Sun Magazine, High Shelf Press, Kestrel, North of Oxford,
Outlaw Poetry, PCC Inscape, Pindeldyboz, Rusty Truck, Salt
& Syntax, SmokeLong Quarterly, The William and Mary Review,
Word Riot, The Write Launch, and Yellow Mama, among other publications.
His poetry was selected for the A3 Review Poetry
Prize and was shortlisted for the Eyewear 9th Fortnight Prize for
Poetry. His fiction received an Honorable Mention acceptance for the
Salt & Syntax Fiction Contest and was selected as a finalist for the
Pen 2 Paper Annual Writing Contest.
A selection of Henry Stanton's paintings are currently on show at Atwater's
Catonsville and can be viewed at the following website www.brightportfal.com. A selection of Henry Stanton’s published
fiction and poetry can be located for reading in the library at www.brightportfal.com.
Henry Stanton is the Founding & Managing Editor of The Raw Art Review—www.therawartreview.com.