Walking while Native a dangerous endeavor
Tribes are seeking solutions to higher rates of pedestrian fatalities among Indigenous people
November 7, 2023
PARMALEE, S.D. – On June 17, Ronalda Good Shield, a Crow Creek Citizen, was waiting to hear back from her daughter when she received a message that made her heart sink: "Did Micheliegh make it home?" When she heard rumblings of a woman killed in a hit-and-run found with a living baby on the Rosebud Reservation, her anxiety grew worse.
"I just knew it was her, something in me told me it was her," Good Shield said.
Around midnight, Good Shield's daughter Micheliegh Iron Cloud was walking along Highway 63 near Parmalee, South Dakota. She was carrying her one-year-old son when an unknown vehicle struck her. The two weren't found until the next day.