Indian reservation

Two women charged with murder in 2019 on the Red Lake Indian reservation


Two women were arrested and charged in a 2019 murder case on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

According to a statement released Friday by the US Department of Justice, August 12, 2019, Alexia Gah Gi Gay Mary Cutbank, 20, and Mia Faye Sumner, 20, as they were aided and abetted by others, reportedly murdered victim whose initials were simply listed as “DAJ” Additionally, Cutbank and Sumner allegedly shot and injured another victim.

They face charges of one count of second degree murder, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault causing serious bodily harm.

Cutbank and Sumner appeared before trial judge Katherine M. Menendez on Friday. They were held pending an official detention hearing scheduled for December 15.

The Justice Department statement said the case was the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, Duluth Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. (BCA) and the Minnesota Department of Corrections, in conjunction with the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office.