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Eagle Butte Man Indicted for Assaulting Federal Officers

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting Federal Officers. 

Floyd Alex High Hawk, Jr., a/k/a Cactus, age 33, was indicted on October 14, 2020.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 27, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

On August 17, 2020, High Hawk was detained at a jail in Eagle Butte, and he assaulted two detention officers who were attempting to move him to a different cell.  High Hawk punched one detention officer in the face and wrestled with another, causing an injury to his knee.     

The charge is merely an accusation and High Hawk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.   

High Hawk was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated April 28, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime