Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

13-year-old warrant symbolizes tribal distrust toward white criminal justice


On a cool spring morning one Sunday in 2003, a beat-up brown van drove off the highway about a mile south of New Underwood, vaulted up an embankment and slammed down onto a driveway.

When paramedics arrived, they found a badly injured 11-year-old girl in the driver’s seat.

Her 13-year-old brother was also injured, as was her mother, 37-year-old Lori Ann Mestes, of Dupree, who authorities believe had been drinking cans of Budweiser during a two-hour trip from Pine Ridge while the girl drove. Mestes’ boyfriend, 37-year-old Paul Anthony Clifford, also of Dupree, died of blunt-force trauma. None of them wore seat belts, investigators said.


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