Native Americans

Native Americans on Death Row

As of April 2021, 24 individuals identified as Native American were on death rows across the country. The number was down from 31 on April 1, 2015. Eight states and the federal government hold condemned Indian prisoners. As of April 2021, 17 Native Americans have been executed since 1976, accounting for 1.1% of all executions in the United States since 1975. Fourteen Indian prisoners have been executed for killing whites, and three for killing other Native Americans. Native Americans have been victims in 4 cases that have resulted in execution, comprising one-quarter of one percent of the victims in cases that have resulted in executions. Between 1979-1999, whites killed 32% of the 2,469 Indians murdered, whereas Native Americans killed 1% of the 164,377 whites murdered.

Native Americans Executed in the United States Since the 1970s

Date

Name

Age

Sex

Number, Race, and Sex of Victims

State/Federal

County/Federal District

Method

Juvenile

Volunteer

03/03/1993

James Red Dog

39

Male

1 White Male

Delaware

New Castle County

Lethal Injection

No

Yes

07/31/1996

Emmet Nave

55

Male

1 White Female

Missouri

St. Charles County

Lethal Injection

No

No

05/08/1997

Scott Carpenter

22

Male

1 White Male

Oklahoma

McIntosh County

Lethal Injection

No

Yes

07/29/1997

Robert West

35

Male

1 White Female

Texas

Harris County

Lethal Injection

No

No

03/31/1998

Daniel Remeta

40

Male

1 White Female

Florida

Marion County

Electrocution

No

No

01/07/1999

John Castro

37

Male

1 White Female

Oklahoma

Kay County

Lethal Injection

No

No

02/03/1999

Darrick Gerlaugh

38

Male

1 White Male

Arizona

Maricopa County

Lethal Injection

No

No

10/28/1999

Domingo Cantu

31

Male

1 White Female

Texas

Dallas County

Lethal Injection

No

No

03/15/2000

Darrell Rich

45

Male

3 White Females

California

Yolo County

Lethal Injection

No

No

06/01/2000

James Robedeaux

51

Male

1 White Female

Oklahoma

Oklahoma County

Lethal Injection

No

No

01/18/2001

Dion Smallwood

31

Male

1 Latino Male

Oklahoma

Oklahoma County

Lethal Injection

No

No

05/22/2001

Terrance James

41

Male

1 White Male

Oklahoma

Muskogee County

Lethal Injection

No

No

07/17/2001

Jerald Harjo

40

Male

1 Native American Female

Oklahoma

Seminole County

Lethal Injection

No

No

09/12/2003

Henry Hunt

58

Male

2 Native American Males

North Carolina

Robeson County

Lethal Injection

No

No

01/17/2006

Clarence Allen

76

Male

2 White Males
1 White Female

California

Glenn County

Lethal Injection

No

No

10/26/2010

Jeffrey Landrigan

50

Male

1 White Male

Arizona

Maricopa County

Lethal Injection

No

No

08/26/2020

Lezmond Mitchell

38

Male

2 Native American Females

Federal

District of Arizona

Lethal Injection

No

No

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