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Indigenous Woman at County Jail Nearly Dies in Custody


March 11, 2021

RAPID CITY, S.D. - A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe nearly died while in custody at the Pennington County Jail due to medical negligence by medical staff in Rapid City, S.D.

Carley Plenty Arrows was arrested and taken into custody on Wednesday, Feb. 24 for a failure to appear driving under the influence (DUI) warrant in Pennington County. Plenty Arrows noticed on Friday, Febr. 26 that she began feeling severely ill and reported her symptoms to jail medical staff.

"When I reported my symptoms to medical staff, I expressed that something was wrong with me," Plenty Arrows told Native News Online. "I know my body, but all they did was take my temperature, treated me for a bladder infection with antibiotics and sent me back to my cell."


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