Body of missing 8-year-old girl found on Crow Indian Reservation

BILLINGS, Mont. – The body of an 8-year-old girl was found on the Crow Indian Reservation on Thursday, according to a statement from Crow Tribe Chairman Frank White Clay. The girl’s name is Mildred Old Crow and she was last seen in March 2019. Her body was found on Wednesday.

A request to issue a missing and endangered persons notice for Mildred was not received by the Montana Department of Justice until November 2020.

“Our hearts are aching for the family and I lift them up in prayer,” Crow Tribe President Frank White Clay told KULR-TV on Thursday. “The whole community felt the loss when Mildred disappeared and we feel it again today. My hope is that we can find a solution, grieve together and work to ensure that children are protected and supported on the Crow reservation and We want justice for this child and all victims of the epidemic of missing persons on reservations across the country.”

Mildred FBIEight-year-old Mildred Old Crow disappeared in March 2019. Her body was found Thursday at the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.

Mildred was last seen while in the custody of her tribal court-appointed guardian on the Crow Indian Reservation in March 2019, according to an FBI statement. Misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child were filed in tribal court in January 2021 against two women who were given informal custody of Mildred in March 2017. They were both charged in February of an additional count of custody interference, Crow Tribal Attorney David Sibley told The Billings Gazette on Thursday, February 18.

According to a missing persons report from the Montana Department of Justice, nearly 81% of people missing between 2017 and 2019 were under the age of 18, with Big Horn County having nearly double the number of missing persons compared to the county. next highest county. head. The land base of the Crow Indian Reservation is largely in Big Horn County. The report also indicates that tribal reporting has become more accurate over the past two years.

“The Montana Department of Justice did not receive a request to issue a missing and endangered notice for Mildred until November 2020,” the Montana Department of Justice communications director said. , Kyler Nerison, at Indigenous News Online.

This is a developing story.

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Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) is a freelance journalist based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, where he also contributes to Unicorn Riot, an alternative media publication. Thompson has reported on political unrest, tribal sovereignty and Indigenous issues for the Indigenous Peoples Television Network, Indian Country Today, Native News Online, Powwows.com and Unicorn Riot. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Voice of America on various Indigenous issues in the international conversation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and legal studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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