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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.

Aerial view of Bozeman, 2008.
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Rental scams in Montana and across the U.S. have been on the rise for years, but COVID-19’s slow-down of in-person property viewings and interactions with landlords may make it even harder for people to figure out what’s legitimate online.

Francine Amyotte waits for volunteer searchers to come in at a makeshift command center based in the old Crow casino Apsaalooke Nights on Jan. 17, 2020.
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The body of a 16-year-old Crow girl missing since New Years Day has been found near where she disappeared at an Interstate-90 rest area outside of Billings.

Posters with handwritten names and the message "Hope for Sal" blow in the wind at the rest stop where Selena Not Afraid was last seen.
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Multiple agencies are continuing to search for a missing girl from south-central Montana through frigid weather.

FBI Joins Search For Missing Hardin Girl

Jan 8, 2020
A selfie of Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid with physical descriptions written next to it.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the search for a missing girl from south-central Montana.

President Trump and Crow Chariman AJ Not Afraid shake hands during their meeting on November 26.
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President Donald Trump formed a task force to address missing and murdered indigenous people last month. 

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.

Montana hired two full-time agents to investigate human trafficking cases throughout the state. Montana has had law enforcement agents investigating human trafficking cases full-time on the local, and up and until recently, federal level. But this is the first time the state has employed full-time agents to look at human trafficking.

FBI trainers and MSU police play out different active shooter scenarios as part of a two-day training in Roskey Hall Dormitory at MSU's campus in Bozeman, Montana, August 08, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Several days after deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Montana State University police officers ran through their annual active shooter training. It came almost a month after a shelter-in-place order on campus and a few weeks before thousands of students arrive for the fall semester.

Headshot of Davalena Buckman-Kelley
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An 18-year-old girl from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation was declared missing Tuesday.

Davalena Buckman-Kelly, who has developmental disabilities, was last seen in Beach, North Dakota around 3 or 4 P.M. Tuesday.