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Native Americans across the country have appealed for immediate and thorough investigations into missing or murdered women of the community, as the body of 16-year-old Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid was found.
The Montana teenager vanished New Year's Day and was last seen at the eastbound Interstate 90 rest area between Billings and Hardin, Montana that afternoon.
Discovery - Monday - Morning - Missing - Woman
Her discovery Monday morning makes her the 28th missing or murdered indigenous woman (MMIW) from Big Horn County in recent times, but she was one of 42 in the state of Montana where 152 people were missing.
'Native women have been dehumanized from the very beginning,' Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear, a demographer who grew up in Big Horn County told the New York Times. 'The law has failed us time and time again. We're tired of it. We're tired of our people dying, of our kids going to jail.'
Sovereign - Bodies - Institute - SBI - Board
The Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) board member spoke shortly before Selena was found dead.
Police said Selena was last seen leaving a vehicle near a rest stop after returning home from a party in Billings. They reported she was last seen leaving a disabled vehicle and walking into a field.
Information - FBI - January - Weather - Conditions
Information from the FBI shared on January 8 described her as not dressed for the weather conditions.
The girl's mother Jackie Big Hair and father Leroy Not Afraid were desperate for her safe return and search teams scanned the area in hopes of locating her.
Amid - Blizzards - Family - Community - Candlelit
Amid snow blizzards, her family and community held candlelit vigils and took part in rallies outside the courthouse as the urged law enforcement to do more.
'We're here demanding it,' Selena's aunt Cheryl Horn told the Times. 'We're not being quiet. We're not leaving.'
Department - Interior - Search - Team - Selena
A Department of Interior search team found Selena's body around 10.30am during a 'systematic grid search' of an area southwest of the rest stop she had...
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