A mileage sign on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Photo: Jimmy Emerson

Five dead and four injured in vehicle accident on Pine Ridge Reservation

A car accident has claimed the lives of five people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

According to news reports, the accident occurred on Saturday night near the community of Red Shirt. The dead include four children and one adult from the Siers / Little family on the reservation.

"Many know tragically and unexpectedly 4 children Jeremy, Janae, Winyan, and Mato passed away in a car accident along with Unci Wanda Siers," a fundraiser on YouCaring reads. Unci means grandmother in the Lakota language.

Four others suffered injuries, according to news reports. The YouCaring fundraiser said they were children and are being hospitalized in Rapid City.

"My family is so devastated right now," a niece of Siers wrote on Facebook on Sunday morning.

According to another relative's post, Jeremy was 12 years old. Janae was 10 years old. Mahto was 8 and Winyan was 5.

The Pine Ridge Reservation is home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Read More on the Story:
Four children, one adult killed in crash on Pine Ridge reservation (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 7/9)
Five killed, four injured in accident on Pine Ridge Reservation (KOTA 7/9)
Vehicle accident near Red Shirt results in five fatalities (Newscenter1 7/9)

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