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INDIAN COUNTRY LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL

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The United States Indian Police Academy, Artesia, NM,  is  the home of the Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers Memorial which honors those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice in Indian Country. Each year on the first Thursday of May, a sacred ceremony is held at the IPA FLETC Artesia Site in remembrance of those enshrined on the memorial.

The Memorial Design

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The Memorial Site was designed with the Native American traditions in mind. The Memorial is encompassed by the Circle of Life. The circle is broken in one location to allow for entrance and departure. There is sage planted in all four directions next to the Memorial to sanctify the site. The four planter areas are filled with white, yellow, black, and red rocks. This indicates that we are all brothers and sisters in the world. The formation area is done in earth-tone brown indicating Mother Earth. The foliage is configured in a manner relating to the Native American beliefs and traditions. Upon completion of the ceremonies conducted each year, the site remains sacred ground for all Indian Nations.

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Every training day, Academy Cadets bear the distinct honor of paying tribute to those officers on the memorial, in recognition of their supreme sacrifice.  Cadets march in formation to the memorial for a moment of silence, render a salute, and individually file past the memorial.  Cadets are instilled with the honor of service and affirmation of the significance of the profession. 

Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers Who Have Died in the Line of Duty 

Name                                  

Date of Death

                                                      Agency

Chin-Chi-Kee

01-10-1852

Chickasaw Nation

Benjamin F. Jones

09-20-1876

Choctaw Nation

Culpepper Cobert

12-07-1878

Chickasaw Nation

John Green

12-25-1878

Cherokee Nation

John R. Boston

07-20-1881

Chickasaw Nation

Joe Barnett

07-30-1882

Creek Nation

Sam Scott

07-30-1882

Creek Nation

Henry McGill

11-03-1883

Chickasaw Nation

Sam Cudgo

03-29-1885

Chickasaw Nation

Thomas Cloud

03-31-1885

Seminole Nation

Frank West

12-17-1886

Cherokee Nation

Sam Six Killer

12-24-1886

Union Agency Muskogee

Williams Will Fields

12-24-1887

Creek Nation

Jack Candy

04-10-1886

Cherokee Nation

Med Hair

01-28-1888

Cherokee Nation

John Armstrong

12-15-1890

Standing Rock

Paul Akicitah

12-15-1890

Standing Rock

Henry Bullhead

12-15-1890

Standing Rock

David Hawkman

12-15-1890

Standing Rock

James Little Eagle

12-15-1890

Standing Rock

Charles Shave Head

12-15-1890

Standing Rock

Armstead Homer

05-16-1891

Choctaw Nation

Sequoyah Houstan

06-17-1894

Cherokee Nation

Issac Walkingstick

07-29-1894

Cherokee Nation

Robert Marshal

09-10-1894

Cherokee Nation

Joe Big Knife

10-22-1895

Union Agency Muskogee

Charles Proctor

08-20-1896

Cherokee Nation

Jeff Surratt

12-05-1900

Choctaw Nation

Cub Burney

07-17-1901

Choctaw Nation

W. M. Russell

12-24-1904

Choctaw Nation

Ben Collins

08-01-1906

Chickasaw Nation

Robert Leo Bowman

09-19-1912

Union Agency Muskogee

Henry Oats

02-06-1925

Osage Nation

Dennis Titla, Sr.

04-12-1960

San Carlos

Nathan Norman Bear

07-14-1960

Fort Berthold

Allen L. St. Clair

10-03-1965

Wind River Agency

Adolph Frederick Bush

02-05-1967

Uintah and Ouray

Roy Richard Bradshaw

08-27-1973

Colville

Phillip N. Lopez

04-01-1975

Ute Mountain

Loren B. Whitehat

05-10-1979

Navajo Nation

Milton Paul Antone

04-14-1983

Ak-Chin

John K. Healy

03-14-1986

Ute Mountain

Louis A. Millard

08-27-1986

Colville

Roy Lee Stanley

12-05-1987

Navajo Nation

Andy Begay

12-05-1987

Navajo Nation

Burton Begay

11-17-1975

 Navajo Nation

LeRoy A. Pine, Jr.

07-23-1988

Crow Agency

Dean Martin James

09-17-1988

Hopi Agency

Terry L. Spotted Wolf, Sr.

09-19-1988

Northern Cheyenne

Delford H. Kay

11-22-1990

Ute Mountain

Carl N. Wilson

01-03-1991

Seminole of Florida

Donald Dante Thornbury

10-26-1991

Miccosukee

Ishkoten Koteen

05-08-1961

Jicarilla

Milburn Williamson

12-05-1976

Choctaw Agency

Jake James McCullough

12-05-1981

Hannahville Tribal P.D.

Roderick Henry

09-14-1988

Columbia River Fisheries

Kevin Tilman Lewis

01-17-1993

Pima Agency

Jeffrey S. Skenandore

03-30-1993

Oneida Nation

George Comes at Night

04-15-1962

Blackfeet Agency

Isaac Benjamin Martinez

04-10-1994

San Ildefonso Pueblo

Ronald A. Williams

06-26-1975

FBI, Pine Ridge

Jack R. Coler

06-26-1975

FBI, Pine Ridge

Louis Abeita

01-12-1921

Isleta Pueblo

Glenn R. Miles

02-21-1986

U.S. Customs, Tohono O'Odham

Michael G. Miller

08-28-1995

BIA, Branch of Drug Enforcement

Ronald Eugene Kelley

11-20-1995

Ak-Chin Police Department

Hoskie Allen Gene, Jr.

01-06-1996

Navajo Nation

Charles W. Lane

09-02-1996

Navajo County Sheriffs Office

Samuel E. Redhouse

02-17-1997

Navajo Nation

David Zesiger

07-03-1992

Arizona Department of Public Safety

William Bearshield

07-26-1976

Rosebud Tribal Police Department

Michael Delgado

04-09-1998

Tohono O’Odham Nation PD

Jack Spencer

09-05-1998

BIA, Western Nevada Agency

Defford Thomas Oyebi

12-20-1998

Otoe-Missouria Tribal PD

Esther Todacheene

06-08-1998

Navajo Nation DPS

Winsonfred A. Filfred

04-02-1999

Navajo Nation DPS

Tenny Gatewood, Jr.

12-09-1999

White River Tribal PD

Kelmar One Feather

07-01-2000

Oglala Lakota Nation

Creighton T. Spencer

03-25-2001

BIA, Eastern Nevada Agency

Shelby D. Blackfox

11-06-2001

Cherokee Nation Marshall Service

John Redhorse

11-14-1894

Pine Ridge Reservation

Lloyd Aragon

08-01-2001

New Mexico State Police

Glenn HollowHorn

04-05-1980

Oglala Lakota Nation

Robert Taylor

05-27-2002

Chippewa Cree Law Enforcement

Adam Hawk

02-28-1910

Quinault Tribal Police Department

John “Hoh” Williams

02-28-1910

Quinault Tribal Police Department

Nicholas D. Greenig

03-14-2006

USBP Border Patrol

Adam Joseph Menuez

07-04-2007

Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribal PD

Frank Horn Cloud 

03-11-1910   

Pine Ridge Agency

A.H. Scott

06-22-1925

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Joshua Yazzie        

06-07-2010

Uintah and Ouray Tribe

Anthony Michael Wallace    

08-28-2010

Hoonah Village Police

Matthew Dean Tokuoka  

08-28-2010

Hoonah Village Police

George Debates 

12-19-2004

U.S. Border Patrol

Michael Vincent Gallagher           

09-02-2010

U.S. Border Patrol

Merrill Allen Bruguier       

10-09-2010

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

William Louis Pappan          

12-04-1935

U.S. Department of Treasury, Alcohol Tax Unit

Aaron Daniel Peru

02-13-2011

San Carlos Tribal Police

Darrell Cervandez Curley      

06-25-2011

Navajo Police Department

Christopher Lee Dewey      

08-09-2010

Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Department

Frederick Albert Riggenbach      

01-26-2013

Chitimacha Tribal Police Department

Thomas O. Madole     

03-19-2013

Alaska State Trooper/Village Public Safety Officer

Robert W. Baron     

12-06-2013

Sandoval County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico