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"Walking by Faith" march seeks justice for Crow woman burned and dumped on reservation

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The "Walking by Faith" march began two miles out of Crow Agency on Hwy 212 and concluded at a park. The "Walking by Faith" march began two miles out of Crow Agency on Hwy 212 and concluded at a park.
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Prayer, applause and the sound of honking horns rang out throughout Crow Country on Thursday following a three-mile "walk for justice."

The "Walking by Faith" march began two miles outside of Crow Agency on Highway 212 and concluded at a city park. Over 100 tribal members took part.

The march was organized by family members of Roylynn Rideshorse, a Crow woman who was badly burned and left for dead in April.

A lack of information and a perceived lack of action prompted family and community members to come together in hopes that Roylynn's story does not go forgotten like so many other heinous crimes in the area.

State Sen. Sharon Stewart-Peregoy of Crow Agency was one of many impassioned speakers who took to the microphone to voice her frustration over unsolved crimes throughout Crow Country.

"We should not be treated as third-class citizens. We call for justice today for all of those families, for all of those victims," Stewart-Peregoy said.

"We are human. We are equal. We have a right to justice," another speaker said.

For the family of Rideshorse, it was important to remind the community about the woman who was brutally attacked.

"Roylynn is a mother of 6, she is a daughter, she is a granddaughter, she is a sister," Trixy Phelan said. "She was full of life, she was full of adventure and there's so much to say about her."

Phelan and her sister Trista FogintheMorning are cousins of Rideshorse. Each spoke through tears and urged tribal members to speak up when serious crimes happen.

"The pain and the prayers and the hurt that no one knows because we are scared to say something. We are scared to speak up," FogintheMorning said.

Phelan said that the strength of the community can lead to change and the power of prayer can lead to recovery for Roylynn.

"We are a close-knit tribe and we came out to support one another, to continue to pray," Phelan said. "We would just like to thank everybody for their support."

According to family members, Rideshorse remains in serious condition at a Salt Lake City burn center.

There have been no updates from the FBI regarding her case and the investigation is ongoing.

Rideshorse's family has a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses as well as an account with Billings Federal Credit Union.

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