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Unsolved Reservation Deaths

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Hundreds of people on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation are standing together to put an end to unsolved deaths on Native American Reservations.

Yesterday afternoon, hundreds of people marched through Lame Deer to raise awareness of a growing community concern. In early July, Hanna Harris disappeared. A few days later, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the FBI joined the search for her, but it was a search and rescue crew of family and friends who found her body. The body was found several miles from where her car was discovered. Harris' father, Timothy Limberhand, says he's disappointed in the lack of urgency from law officials on the reservation.

"It was not like her to not call," he said. "She had her son, and she always let us know where she was."

Harris' mother Malinda organized the recent demonstration to remind people of the large number of unsolved deaths and how they've plagued the reservation for years. Over the past five weeks, people have contacted Limberhand to add people's names to the growing list of unsolved deaths.

21 names currently are on the list, prompting the name "21 Feathers," the name of an organization she hopes to start up to raise awareness. Limberhand hopes to hear back from the FBI soon on the cause of death. She says the "Justice for Hanna" campaign hopefully will revamp efforts from local and federal law enforcement on reservations.

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