- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation has returned to work about two months after being stabbed in the back, and the trial of the man accused of attacking him has been delayed until midsummer.

BIA spokeswoman Nedra Darling this week confirmed to the Capital Journal newspaper that Patrick F. Duffy had returned to his duties. She had no other details, and calls to Duffy’s office were referred to her.

Duffy has asked for privacy and declined comment.

Authorities allege that Brian Iron Boulder, 51, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the Dakotas, stabbed Duffy in the back with a knife on March 25, penetrating Duffy’s chest wall. Duffy was in critical condition for a time but was released from a Sioux Falls hospital on April 1. Court documents don’t indicate a motive for the stabbing.

Iron Boulder, who also is known as Brian Ironboulder, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder of a federal employee, assault on a federal employee and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He could face 50 years in prison if convicted.

Iron Boulder was to stand trial this week, but defense attorney Douglas A. Abraham requested a delay.

“Additional investigative work, based on a preliminary review of the discovery materials, is necessary before defense counsel can competently advise the defendant if a plea agreement or trial is in his best interests,” Abraham said in court documents.

U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange agreed to move the start of the trial to July 28.

Duffy oversees BIA facilities in Fort Thompson and manages tribal land in his role as superintendent.

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