More Than 700 People Come Out to Pay Respects for Murdered Couple on Crow Indian Reservation

Family needs financial assistance for funeral expenses

Tana and Jason Shane, Jr.

Tana and Jason Shane, Jr.

Published August 5, 2015

PRYOR, MONTANA — The Plenty Coups High School’s gymnasium was standing room only as more than 700 family, friends and community members attended the double-funeral for Jason and Tana Shane on Tuesday. The couple was murdered in cold blood last Wednesday, July 29, 2015, near Pryor, Montana on the Crow Indian Reservation.

The couple stopped to assist an apparent stranded motorist who appeared to have run out of gas. Once on the scene, the couple were shot and killed after an attempted robbery.

“The gymnasium was full and people had to stand in the hallways of the school,” Bryce Hugs, a Crow Nation senator representing Pryor, told Native News Online. “I was related on both sides of the family. In our Indian-way, Tana was like another mother to me.”

Hugs said both the husband and wife were well-liked and respected by other community members.

“Both of them always had a smile on their faces. They were peaceful,” stated Hugs.

Jason Shane, Jr. was only 50-years-old and Tana Shane was only 47-years-old. Jason Shane had previously served as a game warden for the Crow Nation and loved the mountains, according to Hugs. At the time of his death, Mr. Shane worked as a cook for the Crow Nation’s Head Start program, where he was very popular with the pre-school children, who affectionately called him “Papa.”

Mrs. Shane worked for the Crow Nation’s sub-office located in Pryor in a secretarial position. Within the Crow Nation, she was known for her masterful traditional bead work, because of her preciseness and neatness.

Married for 29 years, the couple leaves behind five duagh children. Most are young adults, but two are 16 and 17-years-old.

The couple’s 24-year-old daughter, Jorah Shane, was seriously injured in the tragic shooting, but is expected to recover.

Funeral Expense Funds Needed

The Shane children need assistance for the funeral expenses to bury their parents.

A trust fund has been set up c/o:  Bullis Mortuary, P.O. Box 318 Hardin, Montana 59034 for the children of Tana & Jason Shane.

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