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Crow Tribe blames unsolved murders on racism

More than 300 members of the Crow Tribe held a protest in Billings, Montana, on Monday to protest the unsolved murders of two women.

Chairman Carl Venne said there should be no reason why the killers of Koren Diebert and LaFonda Big Leggins haven't been charged. "It's blatant, blatant racism on the part of the FBI and U.S. attorney," he told the crowd, The Billings Gazette reports. "I don't know how else to explain it."

Diebert, 26, and Big Leggins, 23, were found dead on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2003. Their bodies were dumped in a remote area on the Crow Reservation.

Two brothers and a juvenile brother were arrested but no charges were filed. Federal authorities say the investigation is ongoing.

Get the Story:
300 Crow Tribe members protest unsolved murders (The Billings Gazette 11/23)

Relevant Documents:
Crow Tribe Letter | U.S. Attorney's Response

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