Olivia Lone Bear was last seen on October 24, 2017, in New Town, North Dakota, a community on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Family photo

Search continues for Native woman who went missing on reservation in North Dakota

A 32-year-old Native woman went missing on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation on October 24.

Olivia Lone Bear, a mother of five, was last seen leaving an eatery in New Town, North Dakota. Tribal police, family members, friends and supporters have continued to search for her and are worried about her safety.

"Please keep your eyes peeled," supporters wrote on Searching for Olivia Lone Bear. "We live in the Bakken and know the dangers of oil country. This search is bigger then the reservation boundaries because of this fact."

A video of Lone Bear prior to her disappearance is part of the investigation, The Bismarck Tribune reported. Tribal police have been interviewing people who were seen in the video, the paper said, though details remain scarce.

"Come home and let us know you're okay. I just hope she's okay and that we find her," Olivia's brother, Matthew Lone Bear, told KFYR.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is among those are spreading the word about Lone Bear's disappearance. She has introduced Savanna's Act, a bill that requires the federal government to report on the numbers of missing and murdered Native women.

“There is a hidden epidemic of missing and murdered Native American women in America, and it doesn’t get nearly enough attention or resources to combat it,” Heitkamp, who serves on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, said in discussing an episode of her podcast on the issue.

Heitkamp's bill, S.1942, was considered at a committee hearing on October 25.

Read More on the Story:
Lone Bear search continues: 'The Bakken is a big place' (The Bismarck Tribune November 6, 2017)
Family of missing new town woman speaks out (KFYR November 6, 2017)
Search for Olivia Lone Bear continues nearly two weeks after disappearance (MyNDNow.Com November 6, 2017)
New Town authorities create tipline in search for Olivia Lone Bear (KFYR November 2, 2017)

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