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Law Article: Navajo Nation wages battle over 'Navajo' products (05/22)
Battles continue to wage over use of the 'Navajo' and 'Navaho' marks in New Mexico federal court.

Cherokee Nation sues pharmaceutical firms over drug products (05/22)
The tribe is concerned about drugs that were dispensed at one of its health care facilities.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate ready to exercise VAWA jurisdiction (05/22)
The tribe has reached an agreement to house certain inmates in a North Dakota county jail.

DOJ proposes bill to improve access to voting in Indian Country (05/22)
The Tribal Equal Access to Voting Act requires states and local governments to place polling locations on reservations and in Alaska Native villages.

Yakama Nation woman sentenced to 10 years for child abuse (05/21)
Kai Martinez admitted she abused her twin 8-year-old daughters, starving them in the process.

Heroin blamed for crash near Saginaw Chippewa Tribe's school (05/21)
The tribe declared a war on substance abuse and heroin has been of particular concern.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe to hold election for chief and sub-chief (05/21)
The election board hasn't been able to release a list of candidates because criminal background checks are taking 'longer than anticipated.'

Judge won't require school to allow eagle feather at graduation (05/21)
Hayden Layne Griffith is graduating from high school in Oklahoma today and will likely have to walk without her eagle feather.

Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on water (05/20)
Lawmakers and witnesses stressed the need for tribal, state and federal parties to work together to resolve long-standing water rights claims.

SCOTUSBlog: DOJ urges denial of petition in tribal court dispute (05/20)
As a general rule, Indian tribes don’t have authority over the conduct of non-members on non-Indian land, and hence they lack jurisdiction over disputes arising out of that conduct.

Tribal traditions put to use for battle against substance abuse (05/20)
Sweat lodges are a part of the recovery program at Native American Connections in Phoenix, Arizona.

Indian student in federal court over right to wear eagle feather (05/20)
Hayden Layne Griffith is due to graduate tomorrow and has been told she can't wear an eagle feather in her cap.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe hosts Violence Against Women Act training (05/20)
The Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Training was held in conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Affairs earlier this month.

Bryan Newland: Important context on land-into-trust process (05/20)
The lesson to be learned from Allotment and Reorganization (and Termination) is that Indians prosper when we have a homeland and that we suffer greatly when we don’t.

Authorities look into brine spill on North Dakota reservation (05/19)
The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating Clean Water Act violations. The U.S. Attorney's Office is also looking into the spill of 1 million gallons.

Police officers on Navajo Nation often go out on patrol alone (05/19)
The tribe only has 30 officers on duty at any one time to serve a reservation that's the size of West Virginia.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on water rights (05/19)
Michael Connor, the deputy secretary of the Interior Department who has worked on several tribal settlements, is on the witness list.

Native caucus upset with Democrats in hot Senate campaign (05/19)
The California Democratic Party Native American Caucus has 'deep concerns' about Rep. Loretta Sanchez and Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Appeals court rules against tribal jurisdiction in school cases (05/18)
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals held that two tribes in North Dakota lack authority over disputes involving public schools.

United South and Eastern Tribes open meeting in Connecticut (05/18)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is hosting the semi-annual meeting on its reservation.

New Mexico court allows lawsuits for actions of tribal officers (05/18)
The Santa Fe County sheriff has revoked law enforcement commissions with a dozen tribal, local and federal agencies in response to the ruling.

Mishewal Wappo Tribe files appeal in federal recognition case (05/18)
A federal judge ruled that the tribe waited too long after being listed for termination to sue the government.

Rep. Young stirs questions in Indian Country in two hearings (05/18)
Alaska's sole Congressional representative has managed to inject uncertainty into his legacy with a hearing on federal recognition and another on the land-into-trust process.

Native Sun News: Retired officer accuses candidate of racism (05/18)
Few Indians make it into the ranks of the Rapid City Police Force. When one does, the Indian community holds these individuals in high esteem because they understand the obstacles one must overcome.

Chippewa Cree Tribe hit with class action over online lending (05/15)
Two consumers from Vermont are accusing Plain Green Loans of predatory lending practices.

Osage Nation fires officer who was involved in fatal accident (05/15)
Shawn Watashe, a member of the Muscogee Nation, was killed on May 1 after he was struck by a police vehicle.

Maine lawmakers won't back fishing agreements with tribes (05/15)
The state continues to assert jurisdiction over tribal fishing activities and attempts to resolve the impasse have been at a standstill.

Red Cliff Band seeks to add K-9 unit to battle drug trafficking (05/15)
The tribe has seen a rise in heroin and methamphetamine abuse on the reservation.

Young Meskwaki Tribe man sentenced to 25 years for murder (05/15)
Jonathan Youngbear, 21, admitted he stabbed and killed his 17-year-old cousin on the reservation.

House subcommittee hearing on land-into-trust turns heated (05/14)
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) lashed out against the National Congress of American Indians and a Democratic colleague after the motivation for the hearing was questioned.

Cherokee Nation father supports Indian Child Welfare Act rule (05/14)
Dusten Brown hopes the Obama administration's regulation will prevent other Indian families from suffering the removal of their children.

DOJ files brief in tribal jurisdiction case before Supreme Court (05/14)
Government attorneys are urging the high court not to accept a case that tests the jurisdiction of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Federal judge won't stop Ute Tribe's court from hearing case (05/14)
The family of a young tribal member who died during an encounter with police officers has filed a lawsuit in tribal court.

Jodi Gillette exits White House and joins Indian law firm in DC (05/14)
After six years in the Obama administration, former White House advisor Jodi Gillette is starting a new chapter in her career.

Indian student told to hide eagle feather for graduation walk (05/13)
Waverly Wilson wants to wear an eagle feather on her tassel but her public school in Washington won't allow it.

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