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The founding director of the Custer Battlefield Museum in Montana said this week that his constitutional rights were violated when two dozen federal agents raided the museum, his home and other businesses in 2005 and 2008.
Agents, some armed with automatic weapons, were looking for any evidence that Chris Kortlander was illegally buying and selling American Indian artifacts when they surrounded his property in Garryowen, Mont., in March 2005. Yet, five years have passed and Kortlander has not been charged with a crime.
Kortlander’s federal lawsuit said his rights to free speech, to bear arms, to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures and nearly a half-dozen other rights were violated in the raids. It targets individual agents — rather than the agencies involved in the raids — as part of what is called a Biven’s action.