The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are now offering $10,000 for information that leads to criminal charges in the case of missing tribal member Jermain Charlo.
Charlo, a Dixon resident, was last seen in Missoula on June 16, 2018. Since disappearing, she's become the focus of an ongoing, multi-agency search.
In marches and public events the past year, activists have shone a light on her and other missing and murdered indigenous women. The tribes have taken several measures to address the issue, including forming a working group and hosting public events, and the Montana Legislature passed several pieces of legislation this year as well.
But Charlo has yet to be found.
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Tribal Council had previously approved a $1,000 reward for information concerning her whereabouts. On Wednesday, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes announced that Tribal Council, at her family's request, had increased that amount to $10,000. Those funds will only be paid out if that information leads to criminal charges.
"The hope is...that the Tribes' investment will go a long ways in holding someone accountable for what has happened to Jermain," said Tribal Council Chairman Ron Trahan in the press release.
The council also authorized $2,600 to pay for six additional months of maintaining a billboard with Charlo's photo and information. Lamar Advertising has donated a second billboard.
Those with information on Charlo's whereabouts should contact Missoula Police Department Detective Guy Baker at 406-396-3217.