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Spirit Lake Nation challenges restrictive voter law on eve of election
Spirit Lake Nation challenges restrictive voter law on eve of election (October 31, 2018)

Native voters are continuing to fight the state of North Dakota's restrictive voter identification law.


Tribes alarmed after Supreme Court refuses to help Native voters
Tribes alarmed after Supreme Court refuses to help Native voters (October 11, 2018)

Thousands of Native voters in North Dakota will be disenfranchised ahead of a critical election unless they take action to protect their rights.


Native voters ask Supreme Court to intervene ahead of key election
Native voters ask Supreme Court to intervene ahead of key election (October 3, 2018)

Native voters have filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court after losing a case affecting their rights in North Dakota.


Advocates weigh next move in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Advocates weigh next move in Indian Child Welfare Act case (September 26, 2018)

Despite a negative court ruling, attorneys are counting on South Dakota to comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act.


Native voters dealt setback ahead of key Senate election
Native voters dealt setback ahead of key Senate election (September 25, 2018)

A divided federal appeals court has dealt a setback to Native voters who say North Dakota laws discriminate against them.


Court strikes down landmark Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Court strikes down landmark Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (September 18, 2018)

A federal appeals court has delivered a major blow to tribes and parents who have been seeking to protect their children.


Tribes battle state of South Dakota over removal of Indian children
Tribes battle state of South Dakota over removal of Indian children (February 19, 2018)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a long-running Indian Child Welfare Act case from South Dakota.


Dakota Access Pipeline opponents aim to hold law enforcement accountable for brutal tactics
Dakota Access Pipeline opponents aim to hold law enforcement accountable for brutal tactics (November 14, 2017)

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline are planning to move forward with their police brutality lawsuit despite a setback in the courts.


Ex-leader of North Dakota tribe ordered to return nearly $3 million in royalties
Ex-leader of North Dakota tribe ordered to return nearly $3 million in royalties (August 3, 2017)

A former chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is giving up nearly $3 million after being mistakenly overpaid by an energy developer on his tribe's reservation


Red Lake Nation citizen loses attempt to diminish reservation border
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Red Lake Nation citizen loses attempt to diminish reservation border (April 4, 2017)

A unanimous decision from a federal appeals court confirms that Congress did not reduce the boundaries of the reservation.


Supreme Court turns down petition in Mdewakanton land dispute
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Supreme Court turns down petition in Mdewakanton land dispute (November 7, 2016)

It looks like it's the end of the road for a group of Mdewakanton descendants who have been seeking rights to the land promised to their ancestors.


Another North Dakota tribe battles pipeline company in court
Another North Dakota tribe battles pipeline company in court (September 23, 2016)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is a partner in the Sacagawea Pipeline but did not give consent to the project.


Mdewakanton descendants want Supreme Court to hear land case
Mdewakanton descendants want Supreme Court to hear land case (September 1, 2016)

In 1863, Congress promised 12 square miles in present-day Minnesota to the loyal Mdewakanton but the land was never set aside for the people.


Court decision highlights sentencing disparities in Indian Country
Court decision highlights sentencing disparities in Indian Country (August 15, 2016)

A member of the Meskwaki Tribe who was convicted of murdering his parents will likely stay behind bars for the rest of his life.


Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty
Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty (June 14, 2016)

Native women and their advocates call the unanimous ruling an important step in their quest for justice in Indian Country.


Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system
Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system (June 13, 2016)

A unanimous decision from the nation's highest court ensures that Native women in all states can be protected by a federal law that was written to address high rates of violence in tribal communities.


Appeals court lifts sanctions in long-running Dakota land dispute
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Appeals court lifts sanctions in long-running Dakota land dispute (June 7, 2016)

Dakota descendants in Minnesota who are seeking rights to the land promised to their ancestors secured a small victory from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Supreme Court posts audio from hearing in domestic violence case
Supreme Court posts audio from hearing in domestic violence case (April 25, 2016)

The hearing ran about 15 minutes shorter than the allotted hour because the justices had fewer questions than normal for both sides in the case.


Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docket
Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docket (April 18, 2016)

US v. Bryant will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against offenders who repeatedly abuse American Indian women.


Supreme Court supports sex offender in dispute over registration
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Supreme Court supports sex offender in dispute over registration (April 4, 2016)

A sex offender who left Kansas and moved to another country did not need to update his registration after he left, the court said in a unanimous decision.


Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence case
Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence case (March 11, 2016)

Arguments in US v. Bryant, a case being watched closely by Native women and their advocates, will take place on April 19.


Appeals court backs tougher sentence in domestic violence case
Appeals court backs tougher sentence in domestic violence case (February 16, 2016)

Terry Lee Harlan, 53, was found guilty of being a habitual offender under under a law that recognizes prior tribal domestic violence convictions.


Stakes raised as Supreme Court weighs domestic violence case
Stakes raised as Supreme Court weighs domestic violence case (February 16, 2016)

Before the passing of Antonin Scalia, the justices agreed to determine whether tribal court convictions can be used against repeat domestic violence offenders.


Appeal filed in child abuse case on Standing Rock Reservation
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Appeal filed in child abuse case on Standing Rock Reservation (January 11, 2016)

Velnita Jolette Hairy Chin was sentenced to 37 months after she admitted that she abused her infant in June 2015.


Ex-US Attorney welcomes review of domestic violence case
Ex-US Attorney welcomes review of domestic violence case (December 17, 2015)

The U.S. Supreme Court is looking closely at a federal law aimed at protecting Native women from repeat domestic violence offenders.


Supreme Court agrees to review yet another Indian law dispute
Supreme Court agrees to review yet another Indian law dispute (December 14, 2015)

The justices will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against repeat domestic violence offenders.


Former US Attorney backs review of domestic violence case
Former US Attorney backs review of domestic violence case (November 13, 2015)

The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to ensure that American Indian and Alaska Native women everywhere are protected from repeat domestic violence offenders.


DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear Indian domestic violence case
DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear Indian domestic violence case (November 11, 2015)

The Obama administration is warning that American Indian and Alaska Native women could be terrorized even more unless the justices resolve an issue affecting repeat offenders.


Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases
Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases (October 5, 2015)

Hopes for the reburial of the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe, who was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, have been dashed by the high court.


Supreme Court agrees to hear Omaha Reservation boundary case
Supreme Court agrees to hear Omaha Reservation boundary case (October 2, 2015)

The high court's October 2015 term is shaping up to be a busy and potentially dangerous one for Indian Country.


Supreme Court considers petitions in slew of Indian law cases
Supreme Court considers petitions in slew of Indian law cases (September 22, 2015)

Cases affecting the boundary of the Omaha Reservation, the immunity of the Kialegee Tribal Town and the repatriation of Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe are among those being reviewed.


Obama backs Omaha Tribe in dispute over reservation boundaries
Obama backs Omaha Tribe in dispute over reservation boundaries (August 24, 2015)

The outcome of Nebraska v. Parker will determine whether non-Indian liquor stores must pay a 10 percent tax to the tribe.


Court backs conviction for synthetic marijuana at Lower Brule
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Court backs conviction for synthetic marijuana at Lower Brule (August 17, 2015)

A divided panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the legality of a search where tribal officers found the drug.


9th Circuit divided on tribal convictions in domestic violence cases
9th Circuit divided on tribal convictions in domestic violence cases (July 7, 2015)

The use of tribal convictions in domestic violence cases could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court for review.


Omaha Tribe surprised by appeal in reservation boundary case
Omaha Tribe surprised by appeal in reservation boundary case (May 28, 2015)

The tribe met with local officials to discuss the matter but wasn't told that a Supreme Court petition had already been drafted.


Appeals court rules against tribal jurisdiction in school cases
Appeals court rules against tribal jurisdiction in school cases (May 18, 2015)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals held that two tribes in North Dakota lack authority over disputes involving public schools.


Court allows Oglala Sioux parents to sue officer for son's death
Court allows Oglala Sioux parents to sue officer for son's death (March 16, 2015)

Christopher Capps, 22, was shot and killed by a deputy in May 2010. At least one bullet entered through his back.


Man from Omaha Tribe sentenced as habitual domestic offender
Man from Omaha Tribe sentenced as habitual domestic offender (March 3, 2015)

Terry Harlan has prior domestic violence convictions that were used against him in the latest case.


Omaha Tribe welcomes denial of rehearing in boundary lawsuit
Omaha Tribe welcomes denial of rehearing in boundary lawsuit (March 2, 2015)

The non-Indian plaintiffs can now pursue an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Ojibwe fishermen in Minnesota win decision in treaty rights case
Ojibwe fishermen in Minnesota win decision in treaty rights case (February 10, 2015)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals said the fishermen have a right to earn a living by selling what they catch.


8th Circuit rules against Indian inmate in religious rights case
8th Circuit rules against Indian inmate in religious rights case (January 27, 2015)

Wesley Eugene Brooks said a chemical dependency treatment program conflicted with his beliefs.


Brian Pierson: Recent federal court decisions affecting tribes
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Brian Pierson: Recent federal court decisions affecting tribes (January 13, 2015)

Attorney Brian Pierson reviews some recent federal court decisions affecting Indian law.


Dennis Hastings: Omaha tribal sovereignty for 2015 and beyond
Dennis Hastings: Omaha tribal sovereignty for 2015 and beyond (December 26, 2014)

The Omaha now have an undisputed right to exercise their tribal sovereignty among the ancestral lands of the original 1854 Reservation external boundaries.


8th Circuit sides with Omaha Tribe in reservation boundary case
8th Circuit sides with Omaha Tribe in reservation boundary case (December 19, 2014)

The decision means a group of non-Indian businesses must comply with the tribe's liquor laws and regulations.


9th Circuit bars use of tribal conviction in domestic assault case
9th Circuit bars use of tribal conviction in domestic assault case (October 1, 2014)

A tribal court conviction can't be used to prove an Indian defendant is a repeat domestic violence offender if the defendant wasn't provided with an attorney.


Native Sun News: Court backs Indian inmates over tobacco use
Native Sun News: Court backs Indian inmates over tobacco use (May 5, 2014)

On Friday, April 25, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling of Judge Karen Schreier that the South Dakota Department of Corrections cannot ban tobacco from Native American inmates using it for religious purposes.


8th Circuit sides with Indian inmates in tobacco use lawsuit
8th Circuit sides with Indian inmates in tobacco use lawsuit (April 28, 2014)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Indian inmates in a dispute over tobacco use.


New York Times magazine runs feature on Anna Mae Aquash
New York Times magazine runs feature on Anna Mae Aquash (April 25, 2014)

The Sunday magazine of The New York Times has published a lengthy feature on the murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash.


Federal judge calls for release of Indian  woman in North Dakota
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Federal judge calls for release of Indian woman in North Dakota (October 16, 2013)

A federal judge is campaigning for the release of Dana Deegan, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota who was convicted for the death of her newborn son.


Spirit Lake group appears to concede loss on 'Fighting Sioux'
Spirit Lake group appears to concede loss on 'Fighting Sioux' (May 30, 2013)

Members of the Spirit Lake Nation who supported the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo at the University of North Dakota appear to have conceded defeat after a ruling from the...


Spirit Lake Nation loses decision in 'Fighting Sioux' lawsuit
Spirit Lake Nation loses decision in 'Fighting Sioux' lawsuit (May 29, 2013)

The Spirit Lake Nation lacks standing to sue over the retirement of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo at the University of North Dakota, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals...


Appeals court tells Sandy Lake Band  to seek BIA recognition
Appeals court tells Sandy Lake Band to seek BIA recognition (May 21, 2013)

The Sandy Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa must go through the federal recognition process in order to follow the Indian Reorganization Act, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on...


8th Circuit to clear up conflicting     sexual assault case rulings
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8th Circuit to clear up conflicting sexual assault case rulings (March 18, 2013)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals will convene an en banc panel next month to clear up conflicting decisions in two Indian Country sexual assault cases. James Bruguier was charged...


8th Circuit upholds conviction of theft from Spirit Lake Nation
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8th Circuit upholds conviction of theft from Spirit Lake Nation (March 14, 2013)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction and sentence of a woman who stole from the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota. Patricia Robertson, a tribal member, administered...


8th Circuit to hear     'Fighting Sioux' nickname suit next month
8th Circuit to hear 'Fighting Sioux' nickname suit next month (January 22, 2013)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments next month in a "Fighting Sioux" lawsuit. Members of the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe...


Native Sun News: Conviction for ex-Crow Creek leader upheld
Native Sun News: Conviction for ex-Crow Creek leader upheld (January 17, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Evelyn Red Lodge, Native Sun News Correspondent. All content © Native Sun News. Conviction of former Crow Creek Sioux Tribe chairman upheld...


8th Circuit affirms conviction of ex-Crow Creek Sioux leader
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8th Circuit affirms conviction of ex-Crow Creek Sioux leader (January 11, 2013)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Duane Big Eagle, the former chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Big Eagle was convicted of...


8th Circuit issues conflicting decisions in sexual assault cases
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8th Circuit issues conflicting decisions in sexual assault cases (December 14, 2012)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued conflicting decisions in two Indian Country sexual assault cases on Thursday. James Bruguier was charged with sexual abuse of an incapacitated person for...


Appeals courts issue decisions in   Indian  criminal defendant cases
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Appeals courts issue decisions in Indian criminal defendant cases (July 2, 2012)

Some recent appeals court decisions in Indian criminal cases. Murder case from Colville Reservation In an unpublished decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the second-degree murder conviction of...


8th Circuit backs Yankton Sioux land-into-trust application
8th Circuit backs Yankton Sioux land-into-trust application (April 6, 2012)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs can acquire 39 acres in trust for the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. The tribe filed...