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Family Sues BIA for $2.1M Over Reservation Jail Death

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The family of a man who died after a fall in a jail on an American Indian reservation in South Dakota is suing the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs for wrongful death.

The lawsuit alleges that jailers at the federally run detention facility on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation southeast of Pierre ignored Sheldon Solomon’s intoxication and failed to offer medical care or check on his well-being.

The Argus Leader reports the 47-year-old Solomon had a seizure and fell from a top bunk onto a concrete floor in the jail in August 2011. He died from a brain injury. The family is seeking $2.1 million in damages.

The BIA did not immediately respond to the lawsuit, or to requests for comment from the Argus Leader and The Associated Press.

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