MT ARDEN PEPION: Missing from Browning, MT - 22 April 2021 - Age 3

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Search underway near Browning for missing 3-year old girl​

Early Friday, Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services posted an "attempt to locate" message for three-year old Arden Pepion. The alert says that she was last seen on Thursday at about 7 p.m. in the vicinity of Joe Show East Road off of US Highway 89. Arden was last seen wearing a purple jacket with a a unicorn design on the front, a grey under-sweater, black leggings, and black boots with green trim.

Law enforcement officers, tribal leaders, and volunteers are searching the area, some on horseback.


(UPDATE, 12:17 p.m.) Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services says that it and several other law enforcement agencies are coordinating the search for Arden. They also said that they are thankful for the public’s assistance in the search, but at this time do not need additional search crews. A separate phone number will be posted later for the public to call into for more information. Joe Show East road is temporarily closed for through traffic.

(UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.) The Montana Department has issued a formal Missing-Endangered Person Advisory for Arden, at the request of the Blackfeet Tribal Police Department.


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MEDIA - ARDEN PEPION: Missing from Browning, MT since 22 April 2021 - Age 3
 
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GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter

3-year-old Indigenous girl still missing 4 months later as community continues search​

A 3-year-old girl's unsolved disappearance is highlighting the lack of resources available to Indigenous communities, where women and girls often go missing or are killed and never get any justice.

Arden Pepion went missing from a remote area on Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana in late April and still hasn't been found. The man babysitting Arden at the time claimed she disappeared while he was practicing shooting his gun near a river. He has been charged with negligent endangerment and child neglect. He has pleaded not guilty and is out on bond.

Police believe the little girl went into the water, Arden's father, Aaron Pepion told NBC News' Morgan Radford. Since the disappearance, only her coat and boot have surfaced, he said. After a formal search lasting 10 days finished without finding Arden, the community took matters into its own hands and formed its own search party, still ongoing.

Tawna Bradford, another search volunteer, added: “We have no other resources. We have no other help. Just each other. And that's what we use.”

The searchers told Radford that it is “very common” to know someone personally who's gone missing.

“As Native Americans, we're forgotten,” Bradford said. “They don't follow up with our issues. They don't follow up with our missing. If you're murdered here, missing, they do their search of whatever they need to do, and that's it. That's the end of it.”

In 2020, Native Americans made up 10% of active missing cases, though they only make up 1.3% of the population, NBC News reported. On some reservations across the United States, Native American women are murdered at a rate more than 10 times the national average, according to the United States Department of Justice.

Pepion said he believes his daughter’s disappearance would have received more support from authorities had she not been Native American.


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Am I wrong in that they want their own law and no outside interference from other law enforcement when it comes to crime? I mean generally of course, not saying some of the people may not prefer otherwise. Where I grew up and lived much of my adulthood, this is how it is understood. They have their own officers and law enforcement and handle their own issues and crime. I am in no way knocking that but things also can't garner attention when there is no news and nothing is shared.

I think more help would be there and exist if it were not for that but then they have to let others assist and the chips fall where they may and if someone is responsible that is related to the head officer of the reservation or one of their own local community, then come what may has to be the attitude imo.

I do get the blonde blue eyed thought, etc. but I truly think these days Youtube is exploding with people trying to garner a following or start a channel all of the time and I imagine other platforms are the same like FB. I see creators picking up any news of a new missing person or child and probably hoping that's the case people pick up or news results to gain a following and national attention, etc. With Gabby, facts quickly came that were interesting... With Summer, a few people probably took a look and they had a major amount of social media on the part of the mother and pictures, etc. to take off with... With Gabby, they were doing the "van life"... A recent LE involved incident came out, etc... At a certain point her family came out about her missing... So if someone picks up the initial news, and then looks into it and finds more info like this, it might take off...

I think any of us and most I know would get behind any case or missing person whether indigenous or otherwise but there has to be movement behind it too on the part of the local community, the family, tribal LE getting it out there... Pushing it... Interviewing... Sharing news...
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
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Am I wrong in that they want their own law and no outside interference from other law enforcement when it comes to crime? I mean generally of course, not saying some of the people may not prefer otherwise. Where I grew up and lived much of my adulthood, this is how it is understood. They have their own officers and law enforcement and handle their own issues and crime. I am in no way knocking that but things also can't garner attention when there is no news and nothing is shared.

I think more help would be there and exist if it were not for that but then they have to let others assist and the chips fall where they may and if someone is responsible that is related to the head officer of the reservation or one of their own local community, then come what may has to be the attitude imo.

I do get the blonde blue eyed thought, etc. but I truly think these days Youtube is exploding with people trying to garner a following or start a channel all of the time and I imagine other platforms are the same like FB. I see creators picking up any news of a new missing person or child and probably hoping that's the case people pick up or news results to gain a following and national attention, etc. With Gabby, facts quickly came that were interesting... With Summer, a few people probably took a look and they had a major amount of social media on the part of the mother and pictures, etc. to take off with... With Gabby, they were doing the "van life"... A recent LE involved incident came out, etc... At a certain point her family came out about her missing... So if someone picks up the initial news, and then looks into it and finds more info like this, it might take off...

I think any of us and most I know would get behind any case or missing person whether indigenous or otherwise but there has to be movement behind it too on the part of the local community, the family, tribal LE getting it out there... Pushing it... Interviewing... Sharing news...
The Podcast world is insane! There have to be over 100 podcasters following us on Twitter.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Weather pauses searches for missing 3-year-old in Browning​

Private searches to find a missing 3-year-old near Browning have largely been put on hold because of winter weather and poor conditions.

Arden Pepion, who would now be 4, disappeared nearly nine months ago, on April 22, in the area surrounding Joe Show East off U.S. Highway 89 South.

Since then, Pepion’s loved ones, including her parents Arbana and Aaron Pepion, have been tirelessly searching for the young girl and any evidence that might put the pieces of the puzzle of her disappearance together.

Diana Burd is a member of Holding Hope Search and Rescue, a team formed with the sole purpose of finding Arden. They have been combing through the Two-Medicine wilderness and river areas, where Arden is suspected to have gone missing.

However, weather conditions in the past month or so have temporarily stopped teams from continuing to look for answers. Ice is covering the Two Medicine river, making it impossible to search the water for clues. Wind and snow make ground searches difficult too, Burd said.

When conditions allow, there is a spot where Arden is thought to have possibly entered the water where searchers have not yet looked. The area is thick with foliage and a known home to a bear family, so accessing it has been difficult, she added.

Arden’s parents, Arbana and Aaron, are using the time off from searching to go through the massive number of photos from searches they have taken since April. They are working to construct a timeline to help when searches resume in the spring, Arbana said.
 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
Hmph. Bears, too much foliage but a spot they think she likely went in that so far has not been looked at since April of 2021 despite thinking that?? Is help wanted?? I don't doubt there are people and search organizations that would go into this spot or find a way considering there is a missing child...
 

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