Vern Traversie still waiting of answers

Vern Traversie and His Two and a Half Year Wait for Answers

Heather Steinberger

His saving grace, he said, has been prayer. That, and the support of Native and non-Native people from around North America.

 “I believe in God, and I pray for peace and forgiveness,” he said. “That has kept me calm. I wish I could broker a peace between my people and the KKK in Rapid City. I didn’t do anything to them. Let’s just respect each other, and leave each other alone. I’m hoping that white people in South Dakota will help put a stop to this, and I want to stand up for my people too. But we all need to do it in the right way, with peaceful demonstrations.”

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Regardless of whether the case goes to trial or not, Traversie wants to let the public know that his story is about truth, justice, and above all, reconciliation.

“We need to come together and take a common stance against evil,” he said, “because it does exist. But this experience has shown me there are so many good people in this world. It’s overwhelming.”


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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
How is it that the KKK can operate in an area with so many Natives? How is it that there are so many witnesses among the hospital staff and no one will step forward in Mr. Traversie's defense? My wife always says that I'm too pessimistic. She says I should try to see the "bright side" of the things that bother me. Well, with all the racism I see everywhere (Donald Sterling, Dan Snyder Clive Bundy, Mr. Traversie's situation, etc.) it pretty difficult to do, but I'm going to try. ______________________ Boy it sure is hard being an Indian these days. At least they aren't shooting us, burning our villages and killing our elders, our women and our children.