Tribal Issues

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

A federal task force created to improve investigations of missing and murdered indigenous people on Mar. 2 announced a series of listening sessions and consultations, including one in Billings.

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.
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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.

Federal prosecutors say the former executive director of a nonprofit working to bolster domestic violence services for Native women in Montana was a part of a scheme to steal federal grant money.

U.S. Attorney’s office charged the former executive director of the Montana Native Women’s Coalition Sheryl Lawrence Thursday.

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A new federal task force formed to address high rates of missing and murdered indigenous people met in Washington, D.C. for the first time Jan. 29.

A recent Montana case highlights its limitations.

 

An assistant basketball coach on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in northcentral Montana has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

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.

A woman holds up a smart phone that is recording a man standing at a podium in front of her.
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This weekend, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians celebrated something generations have fought for and that 400 other U.S. tribes are without: federal recognition.

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.

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