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FARGO—At the Cass County Courthouse a handful of people held signs saying "No More sisters" and "Justice for Savanna"

The group says they are here for two reasons.

They demand justice for Savanna and they want to shed light on the large number of indigenous women that are missing and murdered.

A small group of just eight people with a big message stood outside of the Cass County Courthouse Wednesday morning before William Hoehn's court appearance.

Hoehn, along with girlfriend Brooke Crews, is charged with the killing of 22-year old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind.

"The family has dealt with great pain. We are going to continue to stand by them during this process," said Ruth Buffalo, Demonstrator.

Some of these demonstrators have invested a lot into Savanna's story.

"We were involved in the early days of the search for Savanna," said Buffalo.

Others here to also shed light on a startling statistic.

"We'll stand here and fight until we have justice for our women," said Amanda Vivier, Demonstrator.

Native American women are murdered at 10 times the rate of national average.

"It's good to show our resilience for women that are missing and murdered on a daily basis," said Vivier.

Although it will take months before a verdict is reached for both Hoehn and Crews these demonstrators say they won't stand down or let Savanna be forgotten.

"The world is watching and we demand justice," said Buffalo.

The group says they will be at every court appearance of William Hoehn and Brooke Crews.

Cassandra Rohlfing

After working part time at WDAY-TV during her college career, Cassandra – who goes by Cassie, joined the WDAY news team full-time in January as an Online Editor/Weekend Producer. She switched over to Reporter/Multimedia Journalist in June and is excited to work on stories you want to see!  She was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, ND and is part Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Cassie graduated from  North Dakota State University in December of 2015 with a degree in Journalism, and an emphasis in Broadcasting. Cassie bleeds green and gold and is an avid Bison Football fan who attended every home game in her college career, thanks to being a part of the Gold Star Marching Band. Her hobbies include binge watching TV shows on Netflix, attempting to work out, and getting outside when she can. If you have any questions/story ideas feel free to email or call. 

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