Earline Cole

Cletus and Earline Cole hold a picture of their son Steven Bearcrane-Cole with his daughter, Precious. The Cole family has been involved in a decade-long lawsuit against the FBI for what they alledge was a mishandling of their son's death in 2005.
Shane Thomas McMillan / University of Montana School of Journalism’s Native News Project

 

An eleven-year discrimination lawsuit brought by a Native American family against the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached a settlement agreement.

The settlement agreement releases both the FBI and the family of Steven Bearcrane from any wrongdoing and promises his family a meeting with officials from the FBI and the Department of Justice.

Shane Thomas McMillan / University of Montana School of Journalism’s Native News Project

A federal lawsuit challenging how the Federal Bureau of Investigations handled a Crow man’s death will go to trial after a decade-long fight in court.

Cletus and Earline Cole hold a picture of their son Steven Bearcrane-Cole with his daughter, Precious. The Cole family has been involved in a decade-long lawsuit against the FBI for what they alledge was a mishandling of their son's death in 2005.
Shane Thomas McMillan / University of Montana School of Journalism’s Native News Project


A federal lawsuit about how the FBI handled a Crow man’s murder will be tried by a judge, not jury.

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Indigenous people from across Montana gathered in a Helena courtroom today to hear oral arguments about how the FBI handled a Crow man’s murder.