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People gather around candles and a picture of Selena Not Afraid at a nighttime vigil.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

Update Jan. 23, 2020:  A preliminary autopsy report released Thursday says Selena Not Afraid died of hypothermia. Montana's chief medical examiner at the state crime lab in Billings also found there were no wounds, broken bones or other signs of violence on her body. A toxicology report has not yet been completed and could take several weeks. The following story was published before the autopsy report was released.

Law enforcement and family members are clashing over what they say killed a 16-year-old Crow girl, who was found dead near an Interstate-90 rest stop earlier this week.

Francine Amyotte waits for volunteer searchers to come in at a makeshift command center based in the old Crow casino Apsaalooke Nights on Jan. 17, 2020.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

The body of a 16-year-old Crow girl missing since New Years Day has been found near where she disappeared at an Interstate-90 rest area outside of Billings.

Posters with handwritten names and the message "Hope for Sal" blow in the wind at the rest stop where Selena Not Afraid was last seen.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio


Multiple agencies are continuing to search for a missing girl from south-central Montana through frigid weather.

FBI Joins Search For Missing Hardin Girl

Jan 8, 2020
A selfie of Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid with physical descriptions written next to it.
Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the search for a missing girl from south-central Montana.

The Little Shell Tribal Seal, with yellow bordering and a buffalo center.
Little Shell Tribe / MONTANA LITTLE SHELL TRIBE OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS HOME

The U.S. House passed the National Defense Authorization Act today. That means the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana is halfway to federal recognition. But will the tribe’s land base include Hill 57?

The tribal seal for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Little Shell Tribe / Montana Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians


The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is poised to get federal recognition any day now. Once the must-pass defense bill clears Congress, the Montana tribe will receive a land base and be eligible for federal funds after a generations-long struggle.

President Trump and Crow Chariman AJ Not Afraid shake hands during their meeting on November 26.
C Span / C Span. org

 

President Donald Trump formed a task force to address missing and murdered indigenous people last month. 

U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs / U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

 

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advanced two bills this week that aim to beef up law enforcement’s response to the missing persons crisis in Indian Country.

A memorial for Henny Scott set up with a photo and loving words
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday it won’t pursue federal charges in the death of a young girl whose body was found near Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation late last year. The Office determined it could not prove foul play.

Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio


Fire managers on the Crow Reservation are calling back crews this week, in anticipation of rising fire potential.

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