Federal Bureau of Investigations
151 Patton Avenue, Suite # 211
Asheville, NC 28801
To the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
My name is [INSERT NAME]. I am a resident of [INSERT CITY/STATE] and I am writing today
to demand justice for Marie Walkingstick Pheasant. On December 31 st , 2013 the remains found
inside of a vehicle found burning in the Big Cove Community of the Cherokee Boundary were
identified as Marie Walkingstick Pheasant. The Cherokee Indian Police Department (CIPD)
initiated the investigation into Marie’s death identifying that foul play was a factor. Shortly after
Marie’s body was found the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) became involved in the case.
Despite the fact that the Supreme Court and Congress have tangled a web of confusion regarding
jurisdiction in Indian Country, it does not justify the lack of concern for a native woman’s murder.
Marie’s loved ones provided relevant background information to the FBI about her personal
relationships and are adamant that someone in their own community may be responsible for her
death. However, her case remains unsolved. Marie’s murder was a violent act and the person
responsible for committing this heinous crime deserves to face justice.
Marie is more than just a headline that reads “body found in burning vehicle” and more than just the
obituary that reads of her loved ones who she left behind. She was a loving mother, a sister and
daughter, a cousin to many, someone with a great native sense of humor and someone who loved
wholeheartedly. Marie was and is our EBCI sister and she deserves justice.
When a tribal citizen living on a reservation is murdered, the FBI has a duty and responsibility to
properly investigate. Now, 10 years after Marie was murdered her case lies idly in the hands of the
FBI. I respectfully demand that you take her murder seriously and investigate Marie’s case with the
proper resources and attention it deserves.