Remembering Selena

Red clothing hangs near I-90 rest stop as makeshift memorial to Selena Not Afraid

Remembering Selena
A makeshift memorial has been set up at the rest stop on Interstate 90 East. These items were likely to have been placed in remembrance of Selena Not Afraid, who was last seen alive at the rest stop on Jan. 1, 2020. Her body was discovered 20 days later less than a mile away. / Photo By Niklas Means, Four Points Press

Three years ago 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid went missing after attending a party held in

Billings and catching a ride with a group of people back to Hardin. This missing person case gained nationwide attention and brought a spotlight to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People in Big Horn County.

Not Afraid, who was last seen on Jan. 1, 2020 was the subject of grid searches conducted around the rest stop along Interstate 90 East. The Federal Bureau of Investigation joined local law enforcement officials in the search. Her body was recovered on Jan. 20, 2020 less than a mile away.

The rest stop is currently closed, but red clothing has been hung nearby reflector poles, in an apparent memorial for Not Afraid.

Red clothing, especially dresses, are frequently used to represent the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples epidemic in North America.

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