A Native American execution

A quite short Executed Today entry by me: Choka Ebin. Almost nothing is known about the man or his crime, but his own relatives did the execution (as the law of the land required), which I thought was kind of interesting.

UPDATE: I shared my entry on Facebook with a former professor of mine, a specialist in Native American history who now teaches at the University of North Dakota. His comment: “Very interesting example of tribal sovereignty. The execution by relatives was done to prevent criminal violence from turning into a tit-for-tat blood feud.” That makes a lot of sense.

3 thoughts on “A Native American execution

  1. briana June 14, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    Meaghan, may I ask, how do you find out that persons are found?

    • Meaghan June 15, 2013 / 4:53 am

      The NCMEC has a notification system for that, as does NamUs. Sometimes the police or family members (or occasionally even the MP him/herself) write me. Other times, usually in cases where they were found deceased, I read about them being found in news articles.

      A substantial number of cases get purged, meaning I just remove them from Charley without putting up a notice. Purged MPs were removed from the source (like, say, the Missouri Highway Patrol’s listing of MPs from that state) and I can’t find anything more about it. I’d estimate about 85% of those people have been found, but occasionally I accidentally remove a case and it turns out the person is still missing and I have to put it back up.

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