"Around 8pm on December 21, 2013 18-year-old Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket was unjustly slain, shot seven times by two Custer County Sheriff employees – Dillon Mach* and a still-unnamed second shooter. Present were also two Oklahoma Highway Patrol employees who work out of Troop H.”
Mahi-hi-vist, which is Cheyenne for “Red Bird,” had graduated from high school a year early and was attending college. Melissa, his mom, described him as “fun-loving” and noted that “he liked to make people laugh.”
Diagnosed four years ago with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Mah-hi-vist was having an episode. Melissa and Mah-hi-vist’s father Wilbur were concerned for his well-being and around 7pm they called 911 out of concern for their son.
From Melissa Goodblanket:
To Whom It May Concern:
Attention Justice and Civil Rights: Interested Parties
Around 8pm on December 21st, 2013, our 18 year old son Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket was unjustly slain, in our western Oklahoma home. Young Mah-hi-vist was shot 7 times with one of those shots being to the back of his head then he was bound and handcuffed. His body was left in the home unattended for 30 minutes before the EMT on scene was sent into the home for vital signs. Mah-hi-vist had been experiencing an ODD episode earlier that evening when we called 911 for fear that he may hurt himself.
When the county deputies arrived they never offered any words nor did they question either of us about the circumstances. Mah-hi-vist had kicked out the glass window of his room (4×6 foot glass window) when deputies arrived they entered the home through the bedroom window. They exited through the same window seconds later, regrouped and re-entered the home a second time through the same window. Two deputies with weapons pulled followed by two Highway Patrol with their weapons pulled. The end result of their arrival to be of assistance was the death of our son.
In April the local District Attorney and his team ruled the shooting death as justified. This type of atrocity should never happen but seems to be on the rise across this country. We are seeking assistance in the truth surfacing in this case and further seek accountability of the officers involved in the killing of our son. We have to date rallied at the local court house, the State Capitol and we have organized and marched with well over 200 other individuals, through the streets of Clinton Oklahoma.
Clinton Oklahoma is located in the far western section of Oklahoma and is the home of the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho people. The area is tainted with stories of prejudice, racism and acts of police brutality towards people of color. The name of the county is Custer, named after a mass murderer of Native women and children. In the county law enforcement building, hangs an oil painting of General George Armstrong Custer. This is the attitude and energy that blankets the Native community here.
At the time the deputies showed up at our home, our son had calmed down and asked them to retrieve his dad and me from outside the home to come in and lay down with him. They refused his request. His girlfriend was with him inside the home when they shot and killed our son. There were no negotiations offered, there was no integrity, no compassion, no honor or respect for life shown to any of our family members and certainly not to our son.
If you can offer any assistance to us in the matter of Justice for Mah-hi-vist , Please feel free to contact us by mail or through email at email@example.com. Please note subject of email as Justice for Mah-hi-vist so we may be able to sort the email and answer your inquiry. We have filed a tort claim and now have 180 days to file lawsuit on any and all involved in the death of our son.
Hope and Trust
Wilbur and Melissa Goodblanket