Inquest planned for Indian man's death in Montana jail
Authorities in Montana will conduct an inquest into the death of A.J. LongSoldier, who was a standout basketball player.

LongSoldier, 18, died during a stay in a county jail after complaining of feeling sick. State law requires inquests whenever an inmate dies in incarceration.

As a freshman, LongSoldier led Hays-Lodgepole High School, on the Fort Belknap Reservation, to a third place finish in the state championships. The next year, he led the team to win the title.

LongSoldier transferred to another school on the reservation in his junior year but didn't play. He graduated in May 2009 and had enrolled at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas.

LongSoldier's mother, Dayna Bear, is a community health representative for the Fort Belknap Tribe. His father, Allen LongSoldier Sr., is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.

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Inquest to be scheduled in death of Haskell student who was incarcerated in Montana (The Lawrence Journal-World 1/11)

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