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Case alleging anti-Indian discrimination to go on

Published On: Feb 04 2013 02:08:46 PM MST
American Indian
HELENA, Mont. -

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up the petition of an FBI agent seeking immunity against allegations that he failed to properly investigate the deaths of two men because they were Native Americans.
That means the lawsuit filed by the families of the deceased men against Matthew Oravec can go on. The families of Steven Bearcrane and Robert "Bugsy" Springfield claim Oravec conducted only the most cursory investigations into the 2004 and 2005 deaths of the Crow tribal members.
The families claim their constitutional rights of equal protection and due process were violated and that Native American victims are regularly denied adequate investigation and prosecution of their cases.
The Supreme Court on Jan. 14 declined Oravec's petition to overturn an appeals court's ruling denying him immunity from prosecution.