Found Deceased MT - Selina (Selena) Not Afraid, 16, I-90 rest area between Billings & Hardin, 1 Jan 2020

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  1. Kasfool

    Kasfool Active Member

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    I will start by saying that I live on a reservation in Montana. I am a parent to a 12 year old daughter who is an enrolled member of our tribe. I am so thankful this case is getting the attention it deserves!! There has been so so many....Ashley Loring HeavyRunner, Henny Died, Kaysara Stops....that's just off the top of my head. HT is a genuine concern, but the "outside world" genuinely has little clue as to just how entirely rough life can be for these young kids on the reservation. Example---a teacher once had kids write a "what did you do last summer" paper==(these were 11th graders). One told a story of a 4o year old woman who was gang raped at a party and in the paper stated "the ***** deserved it....she shouldn't have been at the party in the fist place". People are quiet when it comes to their own family members who are accused monsters. Someone above stated that when the feds show up, people shut up. This, unfortunately, is true. Tribal police are usually hands of the tribal council.....if it's their relatives or someone they love that is the accused, little is done. Cops involved romantically with suspects can really damage an investigation. There is no agreement between state/local police and the feds (IE the BIA). No databases that talk to one another, ect. Each reservation is it's own sovereign nation with their own tribal laws and codes. This is where the problem lies, and this is where the #MMIW problem needs to start to be corrected. There are also steps to prevent these horrible things from happening. If a young 13-17 year old girl is in a town over 50 miles away with young men who are in their 20's bad things can happen. This is not victim blaming, this is not parent blaming, but somewhere along the line someone, somewhere has failed this young lady terribly. My daughter will NEVER, and I mean N E V E R be in this kind of situation. Young people hitchhiking at night is probably not a good idea. We, as parents, have to know where our children are....at all times, period. They should not be "swooped" by friends to go to a basketball tournament over 100 miles away if we do not know who these friends are, what time will they be home, ect.
    But---I digress....I could go on and on, my apologies. This family has suffered so much, I really hope their baby comes home soon. :(
     


  2. imstilla.grandma

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    The team is dispatched from several out-of-state areas and should start arriving Tuesday night, Big Hair said. The team responds when a child under 18 is believed to be in danger.

    The team will be checking several areas throughout the day Wednesday, he said.

    The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office has searched an area below the Rims, and law enforcement has returned to the site of the party in Billings to look for Not Afraid's phone or other items, Big Hair said.

    Tuesday morning, a group of her classmates gathered at the rest stop in support of the search.
    FBI team called to help with search for missing Hardin girl
     
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    A Sheridan Travel and Tourism employee claims she saw someone resembling missing 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid at the Sheridan Information Center and Rest Area Monday.

    The STT employee, Bailey McLean, said a girl came in to use the restroom Monday who resembled Not Afraid based on photos McLean had seen on social media. She was wearing a gray sweater, blue jeans and Ugg-style boots.

    McLean said the girl did not appear to be in distress and left toward Sheridan in a black Nissan Pathfinder with a man in his 20s with red, curly hair.
    Potential sighting for missing Montana teen
     
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    The Hardin High School students said they were rallying together to raise awareness and spread the word about Not Afraid, who's been missing since New Year's Eve. They're hoping their message grows hope throughout the community.

    "I just want to think of a good outcome and not think of the worst, because I know she is still alive," said Terrel Alden, a junior at Hardin High School. Fellow classmate Andrea Dickenson added, "She was one of my best friends. I saw her on a daily basis."

    "There are people out there who are evil and trying to get at us as a community. We don't know. We have to be safe," Dickenson said. "With the drugs and alcohol, it's become so normalized in this society today, and especially on the reservation that's treating it like it's not a big deal and it's bad."

    Not Afraid's friends and fellow classmates said it's not OK. "There's so many kids that I know that have gotten into bad accidents or have gone missing in similar situations and no one is doing anything about it. So many women are going missing or being murdered and it's not OK," Dickenson said.
    Friends of missing Montana teen rally to find her; FBI team joins the search


    Big Horn County authorities have not identified any suspects, but Sheriff Pete Big Hair has said he's heard "conflicting stories" from witnesses about what happened.

    An overall common message: Be safe. Know your surroundings, and don't put yourself in harm's way.

    "When you go out just take a look around, and realize who you are with and who will keep you safe when you go out," warned Alden.

    Hope was a word that still lives strong in the search for Selena Not Afraid.
    Missing Hardin teen's classmates rally for support to find her
     
  5. CluelessWonder

    CluelessWonder Well-Known Member

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    I have spoken with my students about Salina, and we all are hoping for good news. I would love to be able to tell them that she was found safe. I am crossing my fingers while fearing the worst.
     
  6. PommyMommy

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    I can't access that article but in the one below one with the same headline, I notice further description of the green vehicle. I remember it was possibly a Subaru; this adds that it may be a Subaru Forester. I may have missed this before, I dunno. MOO

    Search for Hardin girl enters 7th day; FBI sends in special 'child abduction' team
    Law enforcement are looking for a green Subaru, possibly a Forester with Wyoming plates, that was seen at the closed rest stop Wednesday, he said.
     
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  7. crhedBngr

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    Thank you for the insight into how Tribal Nations work. Hoping Selina is found soon.
     
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    From what my Puerto Rican friend told me, Puerto Rico is the same way.

    Like Indian nations, Puerto Rico is pretty sovereign and allowed to "run its own show" . Though this sovereign concept seems beneficial to both the Puerto Ricans and native tribes, the end result seems to be of mixed benefit.

    My friend has explained to me that sovereign status in Puerto Rico has facilitated a multi generational institutional "system" which values "who you know" and "who are your relatives?" far more than it values ability, efficiency, fairness and in some cases, justice. Likewise, "the system" can tolerate and facilitate a lot of corruption in both big ways and small ways.

    Complaints about "the system" dont really go anywhere as the states have no power and the federal system is usually very reluctant to intervene. I imagine that it is the same with some native nations.
     
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  9. mickey2942

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    So true. I taught school on a rez, for many years. I am not native, so, sometimes I saw things, and knew that my role was to help parents learn how to parent. Many of them grew up in boarding schools, and had no clue about how to be a parent.

    I think that when we talk about things that happen on the reservations, we really need to also have a complete historical picture of why so many families are dysfunctional. Not doing any victim blaming here, I don't know this family. But, that is my experience.
     
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  10. AnnaGrace

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    I'm so glad Not Afraid's case is picking up and getting attention. I'm also glad to see FBI, Child Abduction Unit and TES are now involved. She's a beautiful girl and it's so sad all the loss that her family has suffered. I pray for good news, that she'll be found soon, safe and well.
    Thank you @AmandaReckonwith for your great work. I always look forward to your portfolios.
    I hope and pray tomorrow will bring good news.
     
  11. PommyMommy

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    Seajay Here for Gannon

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    Great insight into Tribal Nation ways. The problem is as a sovereign nation, the US can’t go in and impose its ways and insult the Tribal Council. We do not have the right. And the fact that each Nation has their own government doesn’t help matters. I don’t have an answer for you. I’m so sorry. All this abuse going on in our country and we are powerless to do anything.

    Selena being out with strangers and being left makes more sense to me now. I’m glad her case is bringing awareness of what is going on with our Tribal Nations.
    I just hope Selena is found and she’s okay.. JMO
     
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    What a great post, Tysm for your personal insight.
     
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    AmandaReckonwith Defective Detective

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    BOLO, 1/8/20
     

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    I can't find it either.
     
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    Thank you so much for joining Websleuths and sharing your knowledge and insights with us, it's very helpful. Please keep posting.

    Welcome to Websleuths!
     
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    They seem to have either taken Selena's Namus down, or set it to LE-only. She doesn't show up when I look at all Montana missing.

    A full quarter of the Montanans missing in Namus are classified as Native American.
     
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