Silver Little Eagle outlines May attack in court filings

The Northern Cheyenne councilwoman said she suffered multiple broken bones from the attack

By: - June 17, 2021 6:12 pm

The GoFundMe page for Cheyenne Tribal Council Member Silver Little Eagle (GoFundMe)

Silver Little Eagle said she suffered a broken nose and multiple contusions after being attacked and robbed by two women at a Billings hotel in the early morning hours of May 16, according to two temporary protection orders filed by the Northern Cheyenne councilwoman.

“I was assaulted at the DoubleTree hotel in Billings, MT,” the 24-year-old councilwoman wrote in the report. “The results of this attack include a broken nose and multiple trauma injuries to my body.”

She said the attack happened at 3 a.m., on May 16, according to the documents signed by Little Eagle on June 8. Little Eagle and her family did not respond to multiple interview requests.

In the court records, Little Eagle also said the two women stole and smashed out the windows of her car and stole her identification cards and cell phone.

News of the protection orders was first reported by the New York Times.

The court enforced the protection order against the two individuals on June 11 and set it to expire on June 29, when the Yellowstone County Justice Court will hold a hearing on whether to make the order permanent. In the meantime, the individuals must stay 300 feet away from Little Eagle, her home, her vehicle and her workplace at the Northern Cheyenne tribal capitol building in Lame Deer.

Little Eagle is the youngest person ever elected to the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council and was part of a historic 2020 election when five open seats and the Tribal presidency and vice presidency were filled by women, according to Native Business.

On May 25, the Billings Police Department said it was looking for two people of interest, a 25-year-old woman from St. Xavier and a 27-year-old female from an unknown town. Birth dates for the individuals named in the protection orders indicate they are 25 and 27 years old.

The Yellowstone County Attorney could not be reached for comment on any developments in the Little Eagle case. And a spokesperson for the Billings Police Department said the department would not comment on an active investigation.

In the May press release, Billings police said a 31-year-old man was assaulted as well.

“There is believed to be a partner family member association between the 31-year-old male and the 27-year-old female person of interest … it is believed there is some type of association between all parties involved and the crime is not believed to be a random act of violence between unknown parties,” police said.

News broke of Little Eagle’s attack on a GoFundMe page started by her father looking to raise funds for legal and medical fees. The page generated $28,780.

After the assault came to light, some members of a Facebook group “Cheyenne Truth” blamed Little Eagle for the attack. A Facebook spokesperson said the social media company removed the group. The New York Times said the page was taken down after it reached out to Facebook for comment about its story.

“There’s no room for bullying and harassment on Facebook and our rules strictly prohibit them. We’ve removed the group for violating these policies,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an email to the Daily Montanan.

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Keith Schubert
Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert is a reporter for the Daily Montanan. Keith was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has worked at the St.Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and most recently, the Asbury Park Press, covering everything from local craft fairs to crime and courts to municipal government to the Minnesota state legislature. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams and exploring small businesses. He can be reached by text or call at 406-475-2954 .