Fifth-Grade Cheyenne and Arapaho Boy Assaulted in Bathroom Receives Ponytail Slash Off

CLINTON, Okla. — Social media was abuzz this week with information about a fifth-grade Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes boy in Clinton, Okla. who was knocked to the floor in a faculty bathroom by two non-Native pupils who minimize his ponytail off.

Twelve-calendar year-old Dominque Lonebear was adopted into the toilet by two fellow college students at Washington Elementary University on Tuesday when the incident took position. According to Lonebear, he was finishing heading to the lavatory when he was knocked down and just one Caucasian held him experience down even though yet another Caucasian boy reduce his hair. He was so traumatized he did not report the incident to school authorities. He did inform his 16-12 months-previous sister who posted what took place on social media.

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Lonebear’s hair was mid-way down his back, but now is noticeably shorter, according to his uncle.

Dominique skipped two times of college for the reason that he was frightened of retaliation.

Lonebear is becoming elevated by his maternal grandmother Laquita Lonebear, a retired nurse. She is so disturbed by the incident she has had issues sleeping due to the fact she discovered out about it, in accordance to Dominque’s uncle, Francis Lonebear, a welder who lives and works in Oklahoma City. 

“Three customers of the Clinton Police Department just still left her dwelling, and she is too worn out to converse right now,” Francis Lonebear told Native Information On the net. “It’s genuinely much too undesirable, but the police are attempting to make out that my nephew cut his have hair. The law enforcement informed my mom that the boys denied reducing Dominque’s hair.”

Francis Lonebear said that although he was not there, he thought his nephew. He also states it is usual for authorities in Clinton to always just take the other side’s aspect of a story.

“I wore prolonged hair when I was younger and Dominque wears chose to dress in his hair prolonged as well,” Lonebear says. “When I was youthful, I attended the identical university and children picked on me about my hair. So, I guess it continues.”

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Lonebear explained the family members read there is a surveillance camera in the hallway in close proximity to the toilet that captured movie of two Caucasian boys likely into the lavatory. He states the relatives would like to see the online video.

On Thursday, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Gov. Reggie Wassana issued a press release about the incident. He claimed the Cheyenne and Arapaho individuals really encourage tribal boys to dress in very long hair for religious and cultural factors. He requested that the directors and leaders of the Clinton Community Schools acquire the scenario really critically.

“Violence toward our kids because they are Cheyenne, Arapaho, or any other tribe really should not be tolerated. College policies must mirror a regard for our Cheyenne and Arapaho small children,” Wassana said.

Each the Lonebear spouse and children and Wassana would like to see a beneficial result to the incident. They both would like to see much more instruction about Indigenous American culture taught in the Clinton Community Educational institutions.

Wassana and other leaders of the tribes will meet up with on Friday, Sept. 3, to talk about a route transferring forward, according to the push launch.

Of the Clinton General public College scholar system, only seven per cent are Indigenous Americans.

An e-mail on Thursday afternoon went to the superintendent of Clinton Public Schools, Tyler Bridges, went unanswered. Indigenous Information Online also has a telephone contact into the Clinton Police Department for remark.

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