What's known, and unknown, about the attack on Silver Little Eagle

Her family says the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council member was brutally beaten in Billings. Details of the case remain unclear.


Confusion, rumors and newly public information are circulating about the recent attack on Silver Little Eagle, the 24-year-old freshman member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council, approximately 10 days after the violence took place.

Public awareness of the incident spiked on Thursday, May 20, when Little Eagle and her family released a statement via Twitter and Facebook describing a brutal assault she had suffered in Billings the weekend prior. The incident, according to the family’s statement, left Little Eagle with “severe physical injuries.” They credited her survival to the fact that she had been found by a family member. A GoFundMe account created Saturday, May 22 on behalf of Little Eagle’s family has since raised more than $25,000 for the councilwoman’s medical and legal costs.

Since awareness of the attack began to spread, however, theories and allegations have raged across social media sites, filling the void left by an initial absence of media reports and public information released by local and tribal officials. Facing online accusations of drug and alcohol use and purportedly improper sexual conduct, Little Eagle’s family has reiterated that she was the victim of a “brutal unprovoked attack,” and that the claims circulating on social media are without merit.



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