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Christopher Kortlander

Custer Battlefield Museum

Custer Battlefield Museum

Custer Battlefield Museum director Christopher Kortlander describes a painting depicting the Battle of the Little Bighorn on display Oct. 24, 2011, at the museum in Garryowen. 

June 24, 2013 9:13 pmLoading…
Judge asked to resolve Custer Battlefield Museum artifacts dispute

Judge asked to resolve Custer Battlefield Museum artifacts dispute

Settlement talks have broken down between the government and the director of a Custer-themed Montana museum seeking the return of items seized during an artifact fraud investigation that was later dropped, according to court documents.

June 24, 2013 11:07 am Photos

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Court dismisses suit over Custer museum raids

Court dismisses suit over Custer museum raids

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a Custer-themed Montana museum director who sought $188 million in damages following a U.S. government investigation into alleged artifact fraud that yielded no charges.

August 17, 2012 11:43 am Related Loading…
Lack of bidders cancels auction of town, Custer archive

Lack of bidders cancels auction of town, Custer archive

GARRYOWEN — About an hour before this flyspeck of a town and a large collection of historic documents were to be auctioned off Wednesday afternoon, auctioneer Tommy Williams reflected on the fickleness of the business.

August 15, 2012 8:15 pm Photos

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Historical sign at Garryowen

Historical sign at Garryowen

A historical marker at Garryowen describes how the Battle of the Little Bighorn began near there on June 25, 1876.

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The main structure at Garryowen

The main structure at Garryowen

The main structure at Garryowen contains a museum, post office, gift shop and sandwich shop.

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The post office at Garryowen

The post office at Garryowen

A collection of buildings at Garryowen includes a post office.

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The store at Garryowen

The store at Garryowen

The main building at Garryowen houses a spacious gift shop.

August 15, 2012 6:07 pmLoading…
The gas station at Garryowen

The gas station at Garryowen

A Conoco gas station at Garryowen in just off Interstate 90.

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Tomb of the unknown soldier

Tomb of the unknown soldier

A tomb of the unknown soldier at Garryowen contains the remains of an Army trooper killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

August 15, 2012 6:07 pmLoading…
Head Auctioneer Tommy Williams announces there will be no auction

Head Auctioneer Tommy Williams announces there will be no auction

Just before the auction of Garryowen was to begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, auctioneer Tommy Williams announced that the sale had been canceled for lack of interest.

August 15, 2012 6:07 pmLoading…
Garryowen owner puts 2-person town up for auction

Garryowen owner puts 2-person town up for auction

A two-person Montana town near Custer's famous "last stand" at Little Bighorn goes up for public auction Wednesday, with bids starting at $250,000 for an eight-acre site on the doorstep of one of America's most famous battles.

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Dispute over seized Indian artifacts in talks

The government is entering settlement talks with the director of a Custer-themed Montana museum, trying to resolve who owns a cache of American Indian artifacts seized in raids by federal agents.

June 17, 2012 1:03 pmLoading…
Custer Museum artifacts were stolen from Crow Tribe

Custer Museum artifacts were stolen from Crow Tribe

A cache of American Indian artifacts seized during raids on a Custer-themed museum in southeast Montana includes items allegedly stolen from members of the Crow Tribe.

March 19, 2012 3:00 pmLoading…
Judge unseals documents in Custer museum raids

Judge unseals documents in Custer museum raids

A federal judge has unsealed search warrant affidavits and other documents related to government raids on a Custer-themed museum in southeastern Montana.

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Garryowen man admits child porn charges

Garryowen man admits child porn charges

A Garryowen man with a history of child pornography convictions admitted to his third offense in U.S. District Court in Billings on Wednesday.

February 08, 2012 4:25 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: U.S. government is enemy in Custer artifact battle

The United States has become a country of us versus them. Slowly, some in our country are recognizing the danger of entrusting power to government without demanding accountability in return. The cost of apathy is the loss of freedom. The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people. It was …

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9th Circuit rules for public access in case stemming from museum raids

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a Montana case that in most instances, materials filed in support of search warrant applications should be available to the public once an investigation is terminated.

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Federal judge throws out lawsuit over Custer museum raids

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit claiming federal agents illegally raided Montana's Custer Battlefield Museum during an investigation into the alleged sale of fraudulent artifacts and eagle feathers.

September 13, 2011 12:30 pmLoading…

Custer museum owner sues BLM

The owner of the Custer Battlefield Museum in Garryowen is suing the federal Bureau of Land Management to force it to give him documents related to investigations and searches of his businesses.

October 26, 2010 11:30 pmLoading…

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