A meeting that coincided with the release of a report about the deaths of three Native American men was held Thursday at Haskell Indian Junior College to ensure communication remained open between Native Americans and city, state and federal officials.
Hannes Combest, executive education assistant to Haskell President Bob Martin, said this morning that the people in attendance included Lawrence Indian Center officials, City Manager Mike Wildgen, Mayor Bob Walters, representatives from the offices of Rep. Jim Slattery and Sens. Robert Dole and Nancy Kassebaum and a representative from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Combest said the group discussed racial tensions between the Native American community and the city and talked about keeping a dialogue between the various groups.
The meeting apparently was called in response to the report Thursday by law enforcement officials that a renewed investigation into the deaths of Christopher Bread, 19, Cecil Dawes Jr., 21, and John Sandoval, 19, was winding down.