March Held to Support Woman Found Burned on Crow Reservation

Advocates say cases on Native American reservations have been ignored

By Justin Franz

BILLINGS — Montana legislators have joined members of the Crow Indian Tribe in calling for more transparency from federal investigators regarding open criminal cases on the reservation.

Sen. Sharon Stewart-Peregoy, of Crow Agency, said cases on Native American reservations have been ignored.

About 100 people marched on Highway 212 on Thursday to bring awareness to the April attack of a woman who was found severely burned on the Crow reservation. The victim’s family says Roylynn Rides Horse remains at a Salt Lake City burn center.

Tribal leaders say they’ve received little information from federal agencies investigating the case. Others at the march said they have felt pressure from the FBI to stay silent about crimes.

The FBI denied the allegations in a letter to The Billings Gazette. The agency has declined to comment on the April attack, citing the ongoing investigation.

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