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Native activist's daughter sentenced for criminal neglect in his death in Minnesota

The daughter of late Native American activist and marathon runner Emmett Eastman Sr. is serving jail time after pleading guilty to depriving Eastman of medical care before his death. But several family members say the sentence was far too light.

Two days before Eastman died in 2021, police performed a welfare check at Anne White Eastman's house in New Prague, and found squalid conditions. It had "bugs everywhere," Eastman was in a "skeletal" state on a bed and the house smelled of rotten food and urine, according to a criminal complaint against White Eastman. Eastman lived with his daughter, and she was his primary caregiver.

Eastman, 89, died in the hospital two days after the welfare check. The medical examiner found Eastman was suffering from extreme blood restriction to his leg "complicated by medical neglect" and determined the cause of death to be "failure to provide medical care." It was originally reported that he died of "health complications."


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