Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

A woman holds a sign covered in red hand prints that reads "We will never forget."
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio News

 

Families in southeast Montana are demanding law enforcement review all cases of missing and murdered indigenous people in Big Horn, Rosebud, and Yellowstone Counties, to uncover possible revelations about events leading up to known deaths and improve future investigations.

Hanna Harris holding her daughter.
MTV True Life Crime / MTV

 

The story of a Northern Cheyenne woman will be featured in two national pop-culture shows this week. The Dr. Oz Show and MTV are airing episodes about Hanna Harris, who went missing and was murdered in 2013.

A woman in a red t-shirt stands holding a poster in front of a crowd seated at desks in a college classroom setting.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

 

The Montana Missing Idigenous Persons Task Force hosted a public meeting in Billings Feb. 6. Some community members pressed for Native people to form a task force of their own.

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

The sheriff leading an investigation into a 16-year-old Crow girl’s disappearance and death has requested assistance from the state Division of Criminal Investigation.

Eight people surrounding a candle-light vigil
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

More than 1,000 people attended the funeral for a 16-year-old girl who died of hypothermia after reportedly walking away from an Interstate 90 rest stop on New Year's Day.

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.

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.

Montana’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met for a third time  in Billings Friday, Sept. 27.

Charyl Eagle came to the meeting to make sure task force members address how meth and human trafficking might affect Montana’s high rate of missing indigenous people.

Members of Montana's Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met for their second meeting in Great Falls August 10.
Tim Fox via Twitter


Montana’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met for the second time in Great Falls, Montana this weekend. The task force focused on the management of databases to find people and overlaps and gaps in jurisdictions for who is spearheading the search.

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