Burned Woman Found On Crow Reservation
Montana lawmakers are seeking answers in the matter of a woman who was found badly burned on the Crow reservation. House Minority Whip Jenny Eck, a Helena Democrat, said during a meeting with Crow Nation leaders that she and others were shocked by the silence of the FBI and BIA.
Rep. Carolyn Pease-Lopez is a Crow tribal member and represents Montana House District 42. She has served in the Legislature since 2009. She said details are always scarce about crimes committed on the Crow Reservation.
Pease-Lopez said the way information is kept from the public makes it seem like the federal government believes human life has less value on the reservation. American Indian women are 10 times as likely to be murdered as other U.S. citizens, and are sexually assaulted at four times the national average, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Indian Law and Order Commission.