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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

January 11, 2011

Contact: Special Agent Robert Schmidt, PIO-ATF

(651) 726-0316

ATF Announces Up to $5,000 Reward for Information on the Eagle Butte Head Start Arson

ST. PAUL — Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced ATF is posting a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire to the Eagle Butte Head Start facility, in Eagle Butte, S.D. located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation.

On Sept. 15, 2010, at approximately 5:31 a.m., a fire was reported at the Eagle Butte Head Start located on Main Street in Eagle Butte. The Eagle Butte Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and suppressed the structure fire. ATF and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety-State Fire Marshal’s Office conducted a fire scene examination and determined that the fire was deliberately set. The loss value is estimated at approximately $600,000.

Investigators are seeking the public's help in solving this crime and are hopeful that the reward will provide additional leads in this investigation.

ATF Special Agent in Charge Bernard J. Zapor stated, This senseless crime has negatively impacted the lives of the Cheyenne River Sioux Community, particularly the children who use the Head Start facility. ATF will bring its resources and expertise to the ongoing effort to solve this crime.

Anyone having information about the arson should call the following 24/7 anonymous hotline:

ATF Fire Hotline: (888) ATF-FIRE or (888) 283-3473

Callers may also provide information anonymously by contacting the following offices:

ATF - Rapid City Satellite Office at (605) 355-0017

FBI-Pierre Satellite Office at (605) 224-1331

Cheyenne River Police Department at (605) 964-4700

More information about ATF and its programs is available at