BIA to hold memorial for fallen officers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Law Enforcement Services (OLES) announced May 6 it will hold its 11th Annual Memorial Service at the BIA Police Academy Grounds in Artesia, N.M. on May 9, for tribal officers past and present that were killed in the line of duty.

"The BIA Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial pays homage to those brave police officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Neal McCaleb in a press release from the Department of the Interior. "We must never forget those individuals or their families for what they gave up while working for our safety."

The officers joining their comrades at the memorial are Officer Creighton T. Spencer of Elko, Nev., Cherokee Nation Marshall Shelby D. Blackfox of Tahlequah, Okla. and Officer John Red Horse of Pine Ridge, S.D. Officer Spencer was killed during a traffic accident while responding to an emergency call on March 25, 2001. Marshall Blackfox was also killed in a traffic accident on Nov. 6, 2001 en route to a meeting involved with a drug interdiction. Officer Red Horse fell tragically on Nov. 14, 1894 following a historic incident where he was beaten to death by several perpetrators after attempting to break up a fight at an Indian camp near Rushville, Neb.