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Custer Battlefield Museum

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. 

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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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Denice Swanke at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Denice Swanke at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Denice Swanke took over as new superintendent of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in October.

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National Park Service biological technician Melana Stichman

National Park Service biological technician Melana Stichman

Melana Stichman, a National Park Service biological technician, was honored for her work restoring damaged landscapes after torrential rains at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in 2011.

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 Little Bighorn Battlefield Supt. Denice Swanke

Little Bighorn Battlefield Supt. Denice Swanke

Denice Swanke, new superintendent at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, hopes to bring the museum's collection back to Montana.

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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.

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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 delays hearing over artifacts taken in Custer Battlefield Museum raids

A federal judge has delayed until April a hearing into whether American Indian artifacts seized by federal agents should be returned to a privately-operated museum in southeast Montana.

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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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Custer Museum Raids

Custer Museum Raids

Christopher Kortlander sweeps the entrance to his museum in Garryowen, Mont., on Oct. 24, 2011. Kortlander is seeking the return of 22 Indian war bonnets and other items still held by the government following a five-year investigation of him for alleged artifact fraud. The case was dropped w…

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Custer Museum Raids

Custer Museum Raids

Custer Battlefield Museum director Christopher Kortlander describes a painting depicting the Battle of Little Bighorn on display at the museum in Garryown, Mont., on Oct. 24, 2011. Kortlander is seeking the return of artifacts seized by the government during a five-year investigation of alle…

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Custer Museum Raids

Custer Museum Raids

Custer Battlefield Museum director Christopher Kortlander examines an item from his collection of Elizabeth Custer manuscripts in Garryowen last year. Kortlander is seeking the return of Indian artifacts seized by the government during a five-year fraud investigation that was dropped with no…

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Custer Museum Raids

Custer Museum Raids

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

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Custer Museum Raids

Custer Museum Raids

Christopher Kortlander holds up an evidence bag containing a document returned to him following a five-year artifact fraud investigation that resulted in no charges in Garryowen, Mont. Kortlander is seeking the return of 22 items still held by the government following raids on his Custer Bat…

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Custer Museum Raids

Custer Museum Raids

Custer Battlefield Museum director Christopher Kortlander examines an item from his collection of Elizabeth Custer manuscripts in Garryowen, Mont., on Oct. 24, 2011. Kortlander is seeking the return of Indian artifacts seized by the government during a five-year fraud investigation that was …

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Garryowen dealer seeks return of seized Custer museum artifacts

Garryowen dealer seeks return of seized Custer museum artifacts

GARRYOWEN — A few miles from where George Custer made his infamous Last Stand against thousands of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, artifacts dealer Christopher Kortlander is waging his own battle with authorities to reclaim a trove of war bonnets, medicine bags and other items seized during gove…

January 29, 2012 9:30 am Photos

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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 Battlefield Museum owner sues BLM agents

Christopher Kortlander, owner of the Custer Battlefield Museum, is suing federal Bureau of Land Management agents, claiming they violated his rights when they searched his business five years ago.

December 07, 2010 9:45 pmLoading…
Custer Museum director goes after feds

Custer Museum director goes after feds

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The founding director of the Custer Battlefield Museum in Montana has filed a lawsuit alleging that two dozen armed federal agents violated his constitutional rights when they raided the museum, his home and other businesses in 2005 and again in 2008.

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