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Western Native Voice

What: There will be a new development in the Steven Bearcrane-Cole case, which last had a hearing on July 2, 2019 regarding a motion for summary judgment in Helena district court. Steven was murdered on February 2, 2005 by a co-worker while working on a ranch located on the Crow Nation, just 14 miles outside of Billings, Montana. In an ongoing court case with appeals that went as far as the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the lack of justice and indifference to Native American Reservation murders stemming from the killing of their son Steven Bearcrane-Cole in 2005, Earline and Cletus Cole, in 2009, filed a lawsuit against the FBI alleging that: “the FBI has a practice of knowingly providing less law enforcement services to Native Americans than non-Native Americans.” The next hearing, which will be open to the public, is this Thursday in Helena with Judge Hadin presiding over the proceedings.

When: Hearing Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

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Where: Hearing, 901 Front St #2100 Helena, Montana 59626

Who: The Bearcrane-Cole Family and supporters

Western Native Voice is a non-profit, non-partisan social justice organization working to inspire Native leadership through community organizing, education, leadership, and advocacy. With 7% of Montana’s population being Native American living almost evenly split between reservation and urban areas, WNV organizes in both rural and urban communities using a culturally tailored community organizing and citizen education model to build Native leadership.

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