GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A district judge has denied a request by a member of a feuding family to take a 200-year-old, 13-star American flag out of Montana.
The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/QlsEUE) that District Judge Thomas McKittrick made the ruling Thursday.
Since the death of Dorothy Gopher in 2008 her children have been fighting over which two sons — Glen or Mike Gopher — should become the flag's caretaker. The flag was once part of a treaty agreement.
Glen Gopher asked to take the flag to Michigan for a three-day Native American celebration.
McKittrick in denying the motion citied an incident last year when McKittrick says Glen Gohper mishandled the flag when it was taken out of a safety deposit box where it is being stored as part of Dorothy Gopher's estate.
Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com