Colorado Hospital Finally Admits to Cutting Lakota Elder's Hair Without His Permission


November 20, 2023

Art Janis' family and AIM members outside of UCHealth Hospital in Aurora, Colo. on Nov. 9, 2023, seeking justice. (Photo/Courtesy Keith Janis)

The UC Health Hospital in Aurora, Colorado on Friday finally admitted that a hospital staff member cut the hair of a 65-year-old Lakota elder Arthur Janis, without his or his family's permission.

The admission comes after two weeks of questioning by the Janis siblings and a week after members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) protested on grounds of the hospital demanding answers.

Keith Janis, who spoke with Native News Online on Saturday said the hospital lied to him and his family since they began questioning the health facility about when, why and who cut their brother's waist-length hair. They finally "fessed up" on Friday, according to Keith Janis.


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