“I feel like I have a target on my back.”
The haunting statement is all too true for Indigenous American women, especially in Big Horn County, Montana. The trailer for Oxygen’s new documentary, Murdered and Missing in Montana, premiering Friday, Nov. 12, investigates why these cases remain unsolved—and at times, even overlooked.
“Native American women are the most stalked, raped and murdered out of any women in America,” the trailer states. “They go missing, they’re found dead. What’s the pattern?”
The “crisis in Montana” stems from 28 missing women in Big Horn County where assailants are believed to be taking advantage of reservation laws. “If a non-tribal person commits a murder on a reservation, tribal police can’t even make the arrest,” a lawyer explains in the teaser.
Or, as one Indigenous woman explains, Big Horn County is where someone can go to “get away with murder.”
Even a law enforcement officer agrees: “Why are these cases not being investigated? No arrests, no charges brought. It keeps happening over, over and over again.”