$5,000 fine for killing an Indian child in foster care

Naomi’s Rain
Voice of the Indigenous

A group of roughly 100 people gathered at the Oklahoma state capitol yesterday to pay tribute to and demand justice for Naomi Whitecrow, a 2 year old Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal member killed in 2009 while in the care of a foster family. The foster mother, Amy Holder, of Edmond, Oklahoma was found guilty in October of child abuse and after about 10 hours of deliberation the jury recommended a $5,000 fine but no jail time. After word of the jury’s recommendation was released, outrage sparked throughout the Indian community as family members, friends, and total strangers struggled to understand how the brutal murder of a child could result in a mere fine.

Formal sentencing was set for November 7th in Guthrie, Oklahoma and many participants vowed to be present there as well to show support for Naomi. The event coordinator, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune editor Rosemary Stephens, opened the event by introducing Cheyenne and Arapaho Governor Janice Prairie Chief Boswell who welcomed the participants and encourage continued awareness of Naomi’s case and the need for stricter laws regarding child abuse.

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About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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6 Responses to $5,000 fine for killing an Indian child in foster care

  1. RaznCain says:

    Thank you for sharing the story with others. We gather tomorrow in Guthrie, OK to stand in support of Naomi and her family at the formal sentencing of Naomi’s murderer, Amy Holder and to give Naomi her voice that was so savagely stolen from her.

    • Vince says:

      Of course. I hope all goes well in Guthrie tomorrow, and my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

      • RaznCain says:

        Sadly, it was as we expected. Amy Holder received a $5,000 fine for the murder of Naomi Whitecrow. She must pay the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation $150 for lab fees, register as a violent offender for 10 years, attend counseling and parenting classes, and pay $10,000 to the Victim’s Witness Fund, which she is appealing citing she is indigent. The case continues to be followed and I’ll post updates as I’m able. You can also find updates on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RaznCain At present, Amy Holder is attempting to gain public sympathy and support by claiming she herself was abused. We’ll see how the tables turn on this case as Kala Whitecrow, Naomi’s mother, has filed suit against Holder and the State of Oklahoma for wrongful death in Naomi’s murder. She is also trying to get “Naomi’s Law” introduced, which if I understand correctly, will result in a minimum 5 year prison sentence for anyone found guilty in the death of a child while in foster care. Kala and I will be speaking more after the first of the year and hopefully, a LOT of noise will be made.

      • Vince says:

        Thanks for the update. There’s a sad legacy of the state and federal government interfering in our families and tribes, and this is an extreme and sad example of that.

  2. Helen Shipp says:

    Native American Lives Count !!!!

  3. Tomilee Edmonson says:

    How can this baby’s life, her very existence, not have been worth more than $5000.00! She was murdered by someone she should have trusted. Which state agency approved this person to care for children? Is this why she had so little value ?
    Had she been a white baby would we have fined her $5001.00? Or would you have hung her out to dry?
    This judge will stand toe to toe with their maker one day and will be made to understand the why of the descent to hell!

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