Discussion in 'Missing Persons Discussion' started by GuyfromCanada, Apr 23, 2021.
I did read. I guess I just don't understand.
Where does it say that LE wasn't informed until early Friday?
Are there any RSO in the immediate area where Arden went missing? I sure hope LE is watching/interviewing all of them.
No new information
UPDATE: APRIL 28 AT 10:04 P.M.
BROWNING, Mont. - The search and recovery efforts for three-year-old Arden Pepion continue, according to a Facebook post from Blackfeet COVID-19 Incident Command.
Arden has been missing since April 22, 2021 from her home near the Two Medicine river on the Blackfeet Reservation.
Search and Rescue teams with the National Guard and law enforcement agencies from around Montana are assisting with the recovery.
A Verizon cell tower was set up Wednesday to assist with cell service in the search area.
Recovery efforts of missing 3-year-old girl continue
Post: PRESS RELEASE - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2021 - 9:30 P.M.
Blackfeet Covid-19 Incident Command
BIA ( Bureau of Indian Affairs) Mobile Incident Command Center. It will be stationed at Two Medicine. (22 hours ago)
Possibly nothing. It sounds like they had local people out searching right away.
Updated 12:56 AM, May 02, 2021
GREAT FALLS — After 10 days of searching for the body of Arden Pepion, officials on the Blackfeet Reservation announced on Saturday they are scaling back operations. She was last seen on April 22nd in an area off of Highway 89 southeast of Browning.
A news release from Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services says searchers have covered 20 miles on land and 40 on water in their search for 3-year-old Arden.
Officials had reason to focus their search efforts on the Two Medicine River. Agencies from around the state partnered in the recovery mission
BLES said there is a plan in place to search other areas.
I wonder if that river has a strong current, possibly to move her far enough away to prevent them from recovery?
I can't imagine where she could have gone if not the river.
I just have to sit on my hands all over this case. I have so many questions and most probably aren’t TOS friendly. So they’re stopping searches altogether? I just don’t think we know even the most basic info about what happened to sweet Arden. Moo
What other areas and why?
Pardon my maudlin mood this morning, but I really hope this doesn't end up another of the cases of "WHEN" exactly is the last time this child was seen by someone reliable and trustworthy? There's just been far too much of that going around the last year or so. Poor little Arden. I certainly hope you are somewhere safe.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Wednesday marks a national day of awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls.
According to the Department of Justice, Native Americans account for more than 25% of the missing person cases in Montana, despite making up less than 7% of the population. Native Americans are 4 times more likely to go missing in the Treasure State.
Ceremonies are being held here at home and across the nation today to bring awareness to the movement, which comes at a crucial time in northern Montana right now, with a rise in missing people cases on the Blackfeet Reservation.
As of Wednesday morning, four people from the Blackfeet Reservation alone have vanished from family and friends over a span of two weeks. 3- year- old Arden Pepion, 26-year-old Leo Wagner, 35-year-old Anjeanise Wagner, and 37-year-old Ray Lynn Rider have been missing for several days. Each of their family and friends are pleading for answers.
This year the Bureau of Indian affairs also set up a cold case unit with a protocol designed to find missing people.
National day of awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Blackfeet Covid-19 Incident Command
The MMIW VIRTUAL event is a race at your own pace and place. You can run, walk, bike, hike, basically, any movement anywhere. The mission is to be in solidarity with Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirits, Relatives, grieving families, and individuals working on the frontlines to end this epidemic of violence against Indigenous people.
The main event is being hosted by Native Women Running and all profits from this virtual event will go directly to MMIW USA to support their work.
The mission of MMIW USA is to bring home our missing women, girls, two-spirits, and relatives, as well as help the families of murdered relatives cope and support them through their grieving process. They provide guidance and hands-on support.
2021 MMIW Virtual Event
Native Women Running
"5 miles for the Native Women Running virtual event!
"I ran for Ashley Heavyrunner, my uncle Howard Matt, Jermaine Charlo, Selena Not Afraid, Arden Pepion, and all of our other missing and murdered relations. I ran for those who are physically lost but also our relations who have lost their way in life too. MMIW Awareness Day is about awareness and remembering, but it is also important every-time we talk about MMIW we talk about celebrating, honoring, healing and uplifting our Native Women, Children, and Communities here and now."
This needs to start where the women and girls disappeared.
Experts Argue Tribes Should Have Jurisdiction Over Murders
These are the names of the 57 Indigenous people who were reported missing in Montana as of April 27, though the number is likely higher. A consequence of genocide, colonialism and oppression, Native Americans go missing and are killed at disproportionately high rates nationwide.
(The names of those missing are listed in the article. Sadly, Arden Pepion is included)
Ashley Loring has been missing for nearly four years. Jermain Charlo disappeared in 2018 after leaving a bar in Missoula. Sixteen-year-old Shanaiha Youngrunningcrane was last seen at prom in Browning. The list goes on and on. And on.
With jurisdictional challenges among law enforcement entities and little public outrage, political consequence or media attention, cases of missing or murdered Indigenous people often go unsolved. When justice is not done, the cycle of violence continues.
Gov. Greg Gianforte in April signed three bills addressing the missing persons crisis in Montana. Two bills will extend a task force and grant program to help tribes report missing people and the other will create a review commission under the state Department of Justice to recommend policy changes. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is also creating a missing and murdered unit to pursue justice for Indigenous families.
While families of victims say these policy changes offer hope, experts say a clear solution to the missing and murdered Indigenous people (MMIP) epidemic lies in sovereignty. Their advice? Restore criminal jurisdiction to tribes, the Great Falls Tribune reports.
In a study that surveyed 71 U.S. cities, the Urban Indian Health Institute found there were 5,712 reported cases of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in 2016, though just 116 of those cases were logged in the Department of Justice database. A 2016 National Institute of Justice report found that more than four in five Indigenous people had experienced violence in their lifetimes. And Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies in 2017 found that homicide was the fourth leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native girls ages 1-19, and homicide was tied with cancer for the third leading cause of death among their male counterparts.
May 9, 2021
Arden’s family setting up camp for volunteer searchers
BROWNING, Mont - Despite first responders’ best attempts, 17 days have passed since three-year-old Arden Pepion went missing in Blackfeet Nation. With teams scaling back the search last week, her family’s taking things into their own hands.
With still no sign of little Arden, her Grandparents Irene and Antoine say they’re preparing a camp for volunteer searchers, after local law enforcement scaled back their efforts.
“I was just really disheartened ‘cause they didn’t have no command post anymore,” said Irene, Arden’s grandmother.
Both she and Antoine say Arden was an adventurous sweetheart, always eager to try things herself. “She just never sat still in the house, she was always curious,” said Antoine, the three-year-old’s grandfather. “She would dress herself up if she could.”
Family of missing Blackfeet child continues search efforts
You can see, though, how the tight knit communities can keep the stories from becoming public knowledge. They want to handle it "on the rez" and not allow outside law enforcement to participate. They also don't want "their" stories getting out into mainstream media. It makes for a perfect storm.