BILLINGS — Crow Tribal Chairman A.J. Not Afraid announced Thursday that he is asking Montana Attorney General Tim Fox's office to assist in the investigation of the death of his niece Selena Not Afraid of Hardin.
"Selena's death, and the unsolved cases of so many other missing and murdered indigenous people, can no longer be the result of segregated resources and divided communities,” he said.
“A unified approach amongst our communities is long overdue- and it may be the only way to keep our children safe," Not Afraid added in a statement.
The body of Selena Not Afraid was found Monday near an I-90 rest stop between Hardin and Billings where she'd been reportedly last spotted three weeks prior.
A preliminary autopsy reported conducted Wednesday showed cause of death was hypothermia, but Big Horn County Attorney Jay Harris said his office is continuing to investigate possible criminal activity.
Below is A.J. Not Afraid's full statement: