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Tribe demands details on investigation into burned woman

CROW AGENCY, Mont. (AP) — Nearly two months after a woman was found severely burned on the Crow Indian Reservation, the tribe is still seeking information about the case from federal investigators, tribal leaders said.

June 10, 2016
The victim was found on April 17 in a field near the border between the Northern Cheyenne and Crow reservations with burns over most of her body, The Billings Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/28qcUKZ). Doctors told the woman’s family she had walked about 3 miles before collapsing, said Crow Sen. Shawn Real Bird.

The FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs say she is being treated for her injuries and they can’t comment because the investigation is ongoing. The agencies wouldn’t confirm the date and location of the incident, or say how the burns occurred.

Reservation residents believe the woman was set on fire. Tribal attorney Dawn Gray told members of the Crow Tribal Judicial Committee on Thursday that the lack of disclosure likely violates the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act, which in part guaranteed the tribes the information they need to ensure public safety. The act also sought to decrease violence against Native American women, to encourage hiring more law enforcement officers for Indian lands and to encourage collaboration among federal, state and tribal law enforcement…

 

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