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Mitchell area accounts for small part of reservation crime

People charged with crimes on the Crow Creek, Lower Brule Sioux and Yankton Sioux reservations made up 11 percent of defendants on South Dakota's Indian reservations in 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

A total of 57 people were charged with crimes in federal court on the three reservations within The Daily Republic's print circulation area, according to the annual report from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Dakota, which was released May 2.

Of those 57 people, 21 were charged on the Crow Creek Reservation, 27 were charged on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation and nine were charged on the Yankton Sioux Reservation. Combined, the total accounts for 11 percent of the 530 people charged with crimes on South Dakota's reservations last year.

The 21 people charged last year on the Crow Creek Reservation is a decline from 2011 when 32 people were charged, but a slight increase from 2010 when 19 people were charged.

The number of people charged last year on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation, 27, is identical to the total in 2011, but is an increase from the eight people charged in 2010.

On the Yankton Sioux Reservation, the number of people charged last year, nine, is a drop from the 16 charged in 2011 and from the 13 charged in 2010.

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation had 188 people charged with crimes in 2012, the highest among South Dakota's nine reservations in 2012. The Rosebud Indian Reservation, which had 169 people charged with crimes, was the next highest.

The crimes charged on the Crow Creek, Lower Brule Sioux and Yankton Sioux reservations were:

-23 cases of probation revocation.

-12 cases of assault.

-Seven cases of sexual abuse of a minor.

-Five cases involving drugs.

-Four cases of rape.

-Two cases of burglary, larceny or embezzlement.

-Two cases involving murder or manslaughter.

-One case involving a firearms offense.

-One other uncategorized case.

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