Through Darren thompson
BILLINGS, Mont. – The body of an 8-year-old girl was found on the Crow Indian Reservation Thursday, according to a statement from Crow Tribe President 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 Advisory for Mildred was not received by the Montana Department of Justice until November 2020.
âOur hearts ache for the family and I lift them up in prayer,â Crow Tribe President Frank White Clay told KULR-TV on Thursday. âThe whole community felt the loss when Mildred passed away and we feel it again today. My hope is that we can find a fence, cry together and work to ensure that the children are protected and supported in the Raven Reserve and beyond. We want justice for this child and all victims of the missing persons epidemic on reserves across the country. “
Mildred was last seen while in the care of her Tribal Court-appointed guardian on the Crow Indian Reservation in March 2019, according to an FBI statement. Criminal charges of endangering the welfare of a child were filed in a 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 interference with detention, Crow Tribe 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 those 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 next highest county per capita. The land base of the Crow Indian Reservation lies largely in Big Horn County. The report also says tribal reporting has become more accurate over the past two years.
“The Montana Department of Justice did not receive a request for a missing and endangered persons advisory for Mildred until November 2020,” said Kyler Nerison, Department of Justice communications director from Montana. Indigenous News Online.
This is a developing story.
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