White Buffalo Calf Owners Questioned in Animal's Death

Owners say they are offended by questioning

By Ray Villeda
|  Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012  |  Updated 6:58 PM CDT
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The owners of Lightning Medicine Cloud, a rare white buffalo, now say they are suspects in the killing and skinning of the calf.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

The owners of Lightning Medicine Cloud, a rare white buffalo, now say they are suspects in the killing and skinning of the calf.

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The owners of a rare white buffalo calf say they are being considered suspects in the animal's death.

Lightning Medicine Cloud was found mutilated and slaughtered on the Lakota Buffalo Ranch in Hunt County in early May. The calf, which was considered a message of hope for the Lakota Sioux, was just shy of his first birthday.

Arby and Pat Little Soldier said authorities questioned them Friday as suspects in the case.

The Little Soldiers said they are offended by the questions and are now questioning how the investigation is being handled.

They said they believe they know who killed Lightning Medicine Could and say authorities should be looking at those people.

“This was premeditated -- a group of people who knew us, really,” Pat Little Soldier said.

Arby and Pat Little Soldier said they were asked about finances -- specifically, the money raised during a benefit for a high school scholarship fund and powwow to celebrate the birthday of the calf back in May.

“There is never any money put into anyone’s pocket," Pat Little Soldier said. "Our very hope was, 'Did we break even?'”

The Little Soldiers said they were questioned about the $5 parking fee for the event.

“There was no monetary gain through Lightning Medicine Cloud by the time you pay staff, drums, electricity -- just trying to cover expenses," Arby Little Soldier said.

They said they were also asked about an insurance payout. Arby Little Soldier said there was “no insurance payout, no policy -- there was people looking into it.”

The Hunt County Sheriff would not comment on the case because it is an ongoing investigation. The Texas Ranger that is handling the investigation did not return NBC 5's phone calls.

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