Officials in Hunt County, Texas, announced that a grand jury has issued subpoenas in the deaths of a rare white buffalo calf and his mother back in May. As I’d reported shortly after the incidents, the owners of the Lakota Ranch in Greenville found Lightning Medicine Cloud brutally murdered shortly before the calf’s first birthday. The next day his mother was found elsewhere on the ranch also brutally murdered. A celebration to mark the white buffalo’s first birthday proceeded as scheduled, but became a remembrance ceremony instead.
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said his department has fielded a number of calls from across the nation, but added that authorities still have “a couple of people to interview.” The Texas Rangers are also assisting in the case. Since white buffalo are considered sacred to most Native Americans, it’s possible this could be considered a hate crime. Officials wouldn’t provide any further details, but insist they are actively pursuing the matter.
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.