Roberts County crash claims life of former Tribal Chairman

The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate have suffered the loss of a former Tribal Chairman. Robert Shepherd, 45, of Henderson, NV, died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Monday, Dec. 21, south of Sisseton.

His 2020 Nissan Maxima was southbound on Roberts County Road 34 when Shepherd lost control. The vehicle went into the east ditch, struck a power pole and rolled.

Shepherd was the driver and only occupant. He was not wearing a seat belt and sustained life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a local hospital and later transported to a Fargo, ND, hospital where he died on Sunday, Dec. 27.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.

The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety