This past weekend hundreds paid tribute to the first anniversary of the birth of a rare white buffalo on the Lakota Ranch in Hunt County, Texas, northeast of Dallas. As I’d reported previously, Lightning Medicine Cloud was found dead by his owners a couple of weeks ago, skinned and mutilated. To make matters worse, his mother was found dead the next day; delivering a double shock to the ranch. A $5,000 reward that owner Arby Little Soldier offered for information leading to the perpetrator or perpetrators has ballooned to $50,000. But, officials haven’t advised of any positive leads. Since white buffalo are considered sacred to the Lakota Sioux and other Native American people, the ranch wants Hunt County authorities to consider the possibility of this being a hate crime.
Lightning Medicine Cloud would have turned 1 year old on May 12. A long-planned birthday celebration metamorphosed unexpectedly into a memorial service with scores of people coming from around the state and the nation to honor the slain calf. The animal had been named for the lightning storm in which he was born last year. Solid white buffalo are extremely rare; only 1 in a million buffalo births are pure white. Lightning Medicine Cloud also was the first white buffalo born to a Native American ranch owner in decades.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department at (903) 453-6800 and ask for either Sheriff Randy Meeks or Lt. Tommy Grandfield.