MMIP

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.

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.

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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.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office is hosting training sessions in Montana this week for indigenous communities about how to enter missing persons cases into a public database. Some people involved in the MMIP movement say that entries aren’t the problem. The database is.

Sticky notes list risk factors for sex trafficking
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio


On Tuesday the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes kicked off a missing and murdered indigenous peoples conference to raise awareness about the work being done to understand the scope of the issue both on the reservation and in the state. Yellowstone Public Radio News’ Olivia Reingold is covering the conference and shared her reporting with Nicky Ouellet.