Dispute over seized Indian artifacts at Custer museum in settlement talks

18 Jun 2012 1:08 PM | Anonymous

Dispute over seized Indian artifacts at Custer museum in settlement talks

June 18, 2012 BILLINGS – 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.

The 22 Indian war bonnets, medicine bundles and other items were confiscated in 2005 and 2008 from the Custer Battlefield Museum in Garryowen. The government spent years pursuing artifact fraud charges against museum director Christopher Kortlander, but dropped its investigation three years ago.

Kortlander, who says the items rightfully belong to the museum, will press his case Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong in a settlement conference in Great Falls.

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