Lawsuit claims failure to investigate Crow deaths
Federal authorities failed to investigate the deaths of two members of the Crow Tribe of Montana, according to a new lawsuit.

Steven Bearcrane-Cole, 23, died in February 2005 during a shooting on the reservation. The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota, which handled the case due to a potential conflict in Montana, declined to prosecute for unknown reasons.

Robert "Bugsy" Springfield, 48, went missing during a hunting trip in September 2004. His remains were found on the reservation in October 2005, though it took years for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to release his body due to a backlog in DNA processing.

The lawsuit alleges the FBI and federal prosecutors mishandled the cases. "[T]here's a pattern and practice of not adequately investigating and prosecuting cases in which the victims are Native American," attorney Patricia Bangert told The Billings Gazette.

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