Norma Jean Croy served 18 years for an accident.
Injustice permeates her whole case. In 1979 a store clerk accused her brother of shortchanging him, which she says did not happen. Off-duty, out of uniform FBI agents gave chase and she was the first one shot. She did not hold a gun during the incident, which a judge ruled an accident when he overturned her brothers conviction. Yet even after her brother was released, she stayed in prison. It took years of effort to get her out. Unfortunately, her story is far from unique.
In honor of all Native women we dedicate this issue if The Fire Inside to Norma Jean Croy.
Photo: Norma Jean Croy on Feb. 7, 1997, the day she was released.