FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man indicted last week for sex offenses has been identified as a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Council.
Roland Hawk Sr. represents the tribe’s Fort Thompson District and currently serves as the council’s treasurer, according to Samuel Wounded Knee, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. Hawk Sr.’s term is set to expire in April 2020.
Hawk was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact in connection with incidents that allegedly took place between Aug. 16 and Dec. 31 of last year.
Attorney Jay Miller, who is prosecuting the case for the U.S. District Court, did not provide confirmation that the indicted Hawk and the Hawk who is a council member are the same person. Wounded Knee told The Daily Republic on Monday that he and other Crow Creek tribal members believe Hawk has committed a number of sex offenses in the past, but that this is the first time they have been able to confirm that he is being prosecuted.
“It’s being celebrated,” he said, adding that some tribal members have waited nearly two decades to see charges filed against Hawk.
A court appearance in Hawk’s case is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday in Pierre.
As of Monday afternoon, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Crow Creek Agency had no record of Hawk being arrested on the charges, and no arrest warrant had been filed within the court system.
Council Chair Lester Thompson Jr.; Hawk’s attorney, Clint Sargent; and the FBI could not be reached Monday for comment on Hawk’s case and whether or not he is in custody.