'Custer' medicine bag case in court
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MARCH 7, 2001

A Wyoming state court in June will hear a dispute over the ownership of a medicine bag said to have belonged to Curley, an Indian scout who worked for Lt. Col. George Custer.

Like Custer and his Army, Curley died at the hands of Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876. Somehow, Curley's medicine bag got into the hands of outside collector Lloyd Taggart and he is suing the Museum of the Old West Inc. for its return.

Museum of the Old West Inc. says Taggart gave the bag to them in exchange for services. But Taggart says he gave it to them only for appraisal -- estimated at $45,000.

Taggart is asking for damages of $500,000 or more.

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