Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

July 27, 2016

Native Lives Matter: Justice for Lakota Brightman

Native Lives Matter Justice For Lakota Brightman
Family seeks Closer for Murder of Beloved U.S. Army Veteran Field Medic

Quanah Parker Brightman
Executive Director of United Native Americans

MARTINEZ, Calif.: Native American Civil Rights Leaders Seek Justice for the Murder of Slain Family member.  On May 25th, 2016. The Jury Found Mark Anthony Nelson Guilty of Penal Code 187- Murder First Degree & a Knife Enhancement for the Murder of Lakota Gall Brightman on July 3rd, 2015 outside the Carlson Food Market located in Richmond California.

During the sentencing on Friday, July 29, 2016, we are asking for the Honorable Judge Laurel S. Brady in Department 31 to Sentence Mr Nelson to Life in Prison.

We Invite Members of the Press to Our Press Conference which will be held At 8:30 am until 8:45 am in front of the Superior Court of California County of Contra County A.F. Bray Courthouse located at 1020 Ward Street Martinez, CA 94553

Lakota Gall Brightman, was murdered by the defendant. The facts of the case were proven beyond a reasonable doubt and your verdict was rendered guilty!
Words cannot express the pain and anguish our family and friends have endured since Lakota Gall Brightman's murder. The defendant decision to take the life of a human being with no regard for the effects it has had on Lakota Gall Brightman Friends and Family is unimaginable.

The loss of Lakota Gall Brightman is beyond words. Lakota Gall Brightman was born on December 25th 1969 in Rapid City, South Dakota to parents Lehman and Trudy Brightman. He was the second of three children. Lakota attended Delmar Elementary School, Portola Junior High School, and graduated from El Cerrito High School in 1988. His earlier years were spent advocating for Native American Rights along with his family and the Organization founded by his father Lehman and carried on by his brother Quanah, United Native Americans. United Native Americans was and are still very active in Native american rights and the promotion of progress and general welfare of Native Americans. Specialist Lakota Gall Brightman served 6 years in the California Army National Guard, 235th Engineer Company (Sapper) as an Army Field Medic from August 11, 2007 to his date of separation on August 10th, 2013. Lakota was ordered into active service in 2007 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan.
He is remembered as a gentle and kind hearted human being who wanted to help others and was a beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, father, friend and hero. He is preceded in death by his mother Trudy Brightman and his older brother Lehman Brightman III. Lakota is survived by his Daughters, Phoebe (24) and Star (14) Brightman his brother Quanah Parker Brightman, father Chief Lehman L. Brightman, aunts Nancy and Lorelie Oldlodge and uncles, Anthony David Clairmont and Donald Oldlodge. Taken too soon, Lakota is warmly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

There will be no more birthday parties, backyard gatherings, holiday celebrations or other family activities to share. The laughter, hugs, guidance/advice, sense of security and those opportunities to say, “I love you” are forever gone. Our family is forever “broken”.
To say the least, the financial affect on the family has also been devastating.

Compassion is a word commonly used for and by defendants. However, I ask, how much compassion the defendant considered when the decision was made to murder Lakota Gall Brightman?

It is the request of the family that the maximum penalty for the crime for which the defendant was convicted be imposed. On behalf of the family of Lakota Gall Brightman, we wish to express my sincerest gratitude for allowing this opportunity of expression.

For more Information:  Please Visit #NativeLivesMatter Justice For Lakota Gall Brightman

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