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Freezing to Death in the Land of Greed and Plenty

Debbie Dogskin froze to death in Fort Yates, North Dakota on February 4 while housesitting a trailer for a friend. The propane tank that supplied fuel to heat the residence went dry sometime while she was there and she apparently fell asleep, unable to help herself find warmth within the thin walls of the trailer. Her kindness toward her friend led to her own untimely death and it was felt throughout the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s communities. Her mother, Sara Dogskin, noted how kind and caring her 61 year-old daughter was, but it was a kindness that killed her. Why had the tank run dry and why had Debbie’s friends not said anything about that possibility? Or, why didn’t she leave when it got freezing cold. The temperature was around zero that night.



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