This week, Lydia Lerma, a MMIP advocate, was able to alert Operation Lady Justice, the Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives to Arden's case.
The Blackfeet tribal prosecutor’s office said no human remains have been located in connection with the case.
HaHaax Vielle and Kimberly Higgins appeared in Blackfeet Tribal Court on Wednesday afternoon. On June 3, arrest warrants and charges were filed against them. Their trial is scheduled for Sept. 15
The online database, known as MMIP Montana, is scheduled to launch to the public in about a week or two. It is a comprehensive website designed to streamline the process of reporting missing Indigenous people in Montana.
"Tribes have to have the self-determination to protect their people and hold perpetrators accountable. Until that happens, there will be no change."
The two bills were carried by Rep. Sharon Stewart Peregoy, D-Crow Agency.
A fiscal note attached to the bill estimated the costs to the state at about $61,000 for travel reimbursements.
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe has sued the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its regional office, claiming the bureau has hindered the tribe’s efforts to assume control of law enforcement on its reservation.
Oklahoma and other states will participate in pilot projects to better coordinate investigative efforts surrounding cases of missing or murdered Indigenous peoples. Similar projects are planned in Alaska, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana and Oregon.
President Donald Trump on Saturday signed a bill named for a Fargo murder victim to address cases of missing and murdered Native Americans.
Montana has seen a slight decrease in the number of missing persons reports, as the U.S. House passed several pieces of legislation addressing the high rate of missing and murdered Indigenous people in Montana.
Spirit Women, a project aimed at helping families honor and grieve the death of a loved one, will put faces to the staggering statics of missing and murdered indigenous people in Montana.
A Billings Senior high sophomore qualified for a national speech competition with her piece about missing and murdered indigenous people.
No one knows exactly how many Native Americans are missing because some cases go unreported or undocumented, and there isn't a specific government database tracking the cases.
More than two weeks after a 16-year-old Hardin girl disappeared, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester asked the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to commit all available resources to finding girl.
Tammy Big Day walked up to a poster memorializing 5-year-old Antonio "Tony" Renova during a candlelight vigil Thanksgiving evening on the courthouse lawn in downtown Billings.
The few dozen people gathered in the fading light Monday didn't just pray and hope for closure that missing loved ones would be found or that those killed would receive justice.
The task force was announced Tuesday, a week after a rally held for 18-year-old Kaysera Stops Pretty Places, who went missing in August and was found dead two days later.
Montana's Department of Justice has hired two people to oversee efforts to better report and track missing persons cases
Several bills aiming to combat the crisis of missing Native Americans in Montana are now on the books, after members of the Montana Legislature's Indian Caucus fought to make them a reality.