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Two Northern Cheyenne members helped victims of Las Vegas massacre, tribal president says

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Shawnta Flatness, left, and Tony Chavez. photo courtesy of Northern Cheyenne. Shawnta Flatness, left, and Tony Chavez. photo courtesy of Northern Cheyenne.

LAME DEER - Two members of the Northern Cheyenne tribe were in Las Vegas during a shooting that killed 59 people and responded to victims, Tribal President L. Jace Killsback announced Monday night. 

Shawnta Flatness and Tony Chavez both escaped injury and are fine, Killsback noted. 

Flatness is a registered nurse at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center in Phoenix and helped triage victims, Killsback said. Chavez helped escort victims and helped first responders, he said. 

Killsback's full statement is below:

"Late Sunday evening, a senseless act of terror occurred outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, when a heavily armed gunman killed 59 people and injured an additional 527 others who were attending a popular country music festival.

Of those in attendance, were two Northern Cheyenne tribal members who came to the aid of those wounded by the shots fired. Shawnta Flatness (Northern Cheyenne,) is a registered nurse at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., who courageously helped triage victims. Ms. Flatness not only provided medical assistance, but also stayed with the severely wounded who required immediate medical attention.

Tony Chavez (Northern Cheyenne/Crow,) was also in attendance and bravely escorted victims to safety and assisted first-responders to load wounded victims into ambulances for over two hours.

Family has reported that both individuals are safe and were able to leave the scene uninjured.

These two Northern Cheyenne individuals have not only exemplified astounding compassion for complete strangers, but a profound level of heroism. This national tragedy occurred over 1,000 miles from our homeland, yet has found a connection to our people as they risked their lives without hesitation to help those in need.

As the President of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, I ask that our communities, districts, and families near and far come together to offer prayers and gratitude for the safety of our Cheyenne warriors — Miss Flatness and Mr. Chavez. My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathies and prayers to all of those affected by this horrific act of terrorism."

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