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Former Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Chairman Robert Shepherd Passes Away from Auto Accident Injuries


December 30, 2020

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Chairman Robert Shepherd participated in a Great Plains tribal leaders round table at Standing Rock in June 2014. Pictured here with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. - White House Photograph

SISSETON, S.D. - The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is mourning the loss of former Tribal Chairman Robert Shepherd, who passed away on Sunday morning from injuries sustained in an automobile accident last week. He was 45.

South Dakota Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan said Shepherd was involved in a single vehicle crash shortly before 8 a.m. after he lost control, went into a ditch and struck a power pole on a county road 10 miles south of Sisseton, S.D. Shepherd was taken to a local hospital in Sisseton and later airlifted to a Fargo, N.D. hospital where he died on Sunday.

"Former Chairman Shepherd left us too soon. I was looking forward to meeting with him to discuss the future of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and seeing what path we could forge for future generations. We will carry his memory with us. As we light the sacred fire in his honor, we pray for his friends and family. He has joined his ancestors in the stars," Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Chairman Delbert Hopkins, Jr. said.


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