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Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing
Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing (November 13, 2019)

A bipartisan bill to address child abuse and neglect in tribal communities has the support of Indian Country organizations.


IHS history makes doctors like Weber inevitable
IHS history makes doctors like Weber inevitable (October 28, 2019)

It took more than 25 years before the hammer of justice came down on pedophile pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber. His crimes were over a century in the making at the Indian Health Service.


Former school employee charged with felonies after sexually abusing Native girl
Former school employee charged with felonies after sexually abusing Native girl (October 14, 2019)

A former employee of a treatment facility for juveniles is awaiting extradition to California after authorities confirmed he fathered a child with a Native girl.


IHS doctor found guilty
IHS doctor found guilty (October 7, 2019)

A federal jury convicted former Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber of all 11 criminal counts for sexually abusing four boys on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Two-Spirit woman: Overcoming trauma
Two-Spirit woman: Overcoming trauma (October 2, 2019)

When Carla Douglas was born, her mother wanted a daughter so badly she named the young child Carla Georgina and began dressing her in girl's clothing.


Mallory Black: Emotional abuse is domestic violence and it's not our way
Mallory Black: Emotional abuse is domestic violence and it's not our way (August 6, 2019)

Domestic violence goes against our traditional ways as Native people.


Tim Giago: Boarding school survivors deserve long overdue compensation
Tim Giago: Boarding school survivors deserve long overdue compensation (May 20, 2019)

I speak as an abused boarding school survivor. I was there; I saw it, I felt it, and I recovered from it.


Jefferson Keel enters new phase of service in Indian Country after battle with cancer
Jefferson Keel enters new phase of service in Indian Country after battle with cancer (May 10, 2019)

Jefferson Keel is stepping down as Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation but he won't be going far from his people.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Law firms smell big pay day for Indian school abuse
Doug George-Kanentiio: Law firms smell big pay day for Indian school abuse (May 3, 2019)

I know one thing: we must not cede our rights to be heard and to demand justice.


A 'monster': Outrage over Indian Health Service doctor convicted of abuse
A 'monster': Outrage over Indian Health Service doctor convicted of abuse (May 1, 2019)

A former Indian Health Service pediatrician who was convicted of sexual abuse and awaits trial on more charges continues to cause headaches for the beleaguered agency.


Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies
Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies (April 8, 2019)

The Indian Health Service is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration struggles with old and emerging controversies.


Mallory Black: Sexual assault and sexual abuse go against our traditional ways
Mallory Black: Sexual assault and sexual abuse go against our traditional ways (April 4, 2019)

There is a strong connection between colonialism and sexual violence.


Cronkite News: Task force aims to prevent child abuse within Indian health care system
Cronkite News: Task force aims to prevent child abuse within Indian health care system (March 27, 2019)

'These predators will find a way to infiltrate organizations to get positions where they have access to kids,' one advocate said.


Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails its trust and treaty obligations
Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails its trust and treaty obligations (February 22, 2019)

We need an assessment of the direct-service facilities within the Indian Health Service as soon as possible.


Native Sun News Today: Former Indian Health Service doctor sentenced for abusing boys
Native Sun News Today: Former Indian Health Service doctor sentenced for abusing boys (January 24, 2019)

Stanley Patrick Weber was sentenced to more than 18 years for abusing boys on the Blackfeet Nation. He faces similar charges on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Native Sun News Today: Survivors of Indian school abuse lobby for changes in law
Native Sun News Today: Survivors of Indian school abuse lobby for changes in law (January 15, 2019)

The 9 Little Girls abuse survivor advocacy group wants justice and healing for the many who suffered during the boarding school era.


Native Sun News Today: 'Bad men' treaty provision invoked in abuse cases
Native Sun News Today: 'Bad men' treaty provision invoked in abuse cases (December 18, 2018)

Tribal treaties with 'bad men' provisions are being invoked in abuse and other cases across Indian Country.


Native Sun News Today: Sisters share stories of abuse at Indian school
Native Sun News Today: Sisters share stories of abuse at Indian school (November 27, 2018)

The 9 Little Girls abuse survivor advocacy group wants justice and healing for the many who suffered during the boarding school era.


Church won't apologize for taking Indian children from their homes
Church won't apologize for taking Indian children from their homes (September 24, 2018)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has settled sexual abuse lawsuits that had been filed in tribal court.


Mallory Black: Seeing someone new? Watch out for these red flags
Mallory Black: Seeing someone new? Watch out for these red flags (September 6, 2018)

While you and your partner might be having fun getting to know each other, it’s important to watch for certain behaviors when dating someone new.


Tim Giago: Indian Country's dirty laundry remains a secret
Tim Giago: Indian Country's dirty laundry remains a secret (August 20, 2018)

There is a lot of dirty laundry hidden away in a hamper and stashed in dark basements across Indian Country.


Lori Jump: Cultural abuse is an attack on our spirituality
Lori Jump: Cultural abuse is an attack on our spirituality (August 14, 2018)

For Native peoples, spirituality is often the core of who we are and our way of life. To have our spirit attacked is as personal as an attack can get.


Children separated from families abused at migrant shelters
Children separated from families abused at migrant shelters (August 6, 2018)

Employees at two migrant shelters, including one visited by First Lady Melania Trump, have been charged with abusing children who were separated from their families.


Native Americans can be harmed by cultural and spiritual abuse
Native Americans can be harmed by cultural and spiritual abuse (July 30, 2018)

Abuse can be more than broken bones and black eyes, but other types of abuse can be harder to spot.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Sixties Scoop 'settlement' victimizes Natives all over again
Doug George-Kanentiio: Sixties Scoop 'settlement' victimizes Natives all over again (May 14, 2018)

Canadians are being royally hosed with the proposed Sixties Scoop 'settlement' which once again exploits Natives and enriches lawyers.


Carly McIntosh: My father loved his other children more than he loved me
Carly McIntosh: My father loved his other children more than he loved me (April 6, 2018)

My father loved his two other children more than me and their names were Alcohol and Cigarettes.


Editorial: Drugs and alcohol are ruining our way of life in Lakota country
Editorial: Drugs and alcohol are ruining our way of life in Lakota country (April 6, 2018)

It is a shame and an embarrassment for the families and for that matter all Native Americans about the Lakota men and women that are so horribly abusing the hoksiyopa (children) that we all consider to be Sacred.


'Creepy' Eastern Cherokee bail bondsman pleads guilty for abuse
'Creepy' Eastern Cherokee bail bondsman pleads guilty for abuse (March 28, 2018)

An Eastern Cherokee bail bondsman who victimized women on the reservation is facing prison time.


Fort Peck Reservation defendants given lengthy sentences for crimes against children
Fort Peck Reservation defendants given lengthy sentences for crimes against children (July 27, 2017)

Sentences were handed down in two cases involving crimes against children on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.


Fort Peck Reservation man due for sentencing in assault of 4-year-old girl
Fort Peck Reservation man due for sentencing in assault of 4-year-old girl (July 26, 2017)

A Montana man due to be sentenced for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl on the Fort Peck Reservation.


Former Indian Health Service executive indicted for accepting cash gift
Former Indian Health Service executive indicted for accepting cash gift (July 13, 2017)

A sex abuse scandal at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota appears to be expanding.


Appeals court bars tribal citizen from entering county in Michigan
Law
Appeals court bars tribal citizen from entering county in Michigan (April 7, 2017)

Eugene Rantanen wasn't banished by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Instead, he asked to be exiled from his tribe's reservation.


Critic of #NoDAPL encampment convicted of sexually abusing a minor
Law
Critic of #NoDAPL encampment convicted of sexually abusing a minor (April 7, 2017)

Robert Fool Bear Sr., said Dakota Access Pipeline opponents were a danger to his community as he faced trial for repeatedly abusing the young victim.


Mary Annette Pember: Native women work with youth offenders on Rosebud Sioux Reservation
Mary Annette Pember: Native women work with youth offenders on Rosebud Sioux Reservation (March 24, 2017)

The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society sets a path for redemption for Native youth sex offenders.


Native Sun News Today: Ex-Indian Health Service doctor charged for abuse of minor
Native Sun News Today: Ex-Indian Health Service doctor charged for abuse of minor (March 16, 2017)

A former Indian Health Service pediatrician stationed on the Pine Ridge Reservation was charged with sexual abuse crimes against a minor.


Tim Giago: Boarding school principal showed cruelty to animals
Tim Giago: Boarding school principal showed cruelty to animals (March 6, 2017)

One of the things we missed the most when we were small boys institutionalized at the Holy Rosary Mission Boarding School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was pets.


Tim Giago: Our Lakota children are dying while we wring our hands
Tim Giago: Our Lakota children are dying while we wring our hands (February 20, 2017)

The Lakota call their children 'wakanyeja’ which means Sacred and special. There are times I wonder if we are deluding ourselves.


Delphine Red Shirt: We must step up and take care of our children
Delphine Red Shirt: We must step up and take care of our children (December 8, 2016)

When a parent stops caring for that child, because of substance abuse or other issues, probably the proper word for these children is wablenica.


Doug George-Kanentiio: A voice for residential school survivors
Doug George-Kanentiio: A voice for residential school survivors (October 19, 2016)

For once in our lives we need to have the respect of deciding how we can secure true peace on our terms.


Tim Giago: Indian Country still suffering from boarding school era
Tim Giago: Indian Country still suffering from boarding school era (August 30, 2016)

There are thousands of Indian children with grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts and siblings who were victims of the boarding schools and who ended their lives as broken people.


Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal court
Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal court (August 22, 2016)

The tribe is defending its court system from an 'attack' by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


97-year-old Indian boarding school survivor still sharing his story
97-year-old Indian boarding school survivor still sharing his story (August 19, 2016)

Sid Byrd was sent to the Genoa Indian Industrial School in Nebraska when he was just six years old.


First use of 'racism' came from founder of Carlisle boarding school
First use of 'racism' came from founder of Carlisle boarding school (August 16, 2016)

Army general Richard Henry Pratt believed the best way to treat an Indian person was to 'Kill the Indian in him and save the man.'


Federal charges filed in kidnapping of girl on Fort Peck Reservation
Law
Federal charges filed in kidnapping of girl on Fort Peck Reservation (June 24, 2016)

John William Lieba II is charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated sexual abuse and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.


Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country
Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country (June 17, 2016)

Key members of Congress vowed to support an expansion of tribal jurisdiction after a new report exposed the extent of the crisis.


Supreme Court still holding onto ruling in tribal jurisdiction case
Supreme Court still holding onto ruling in tribal jurisdiction case (June 16, 2016)

With the nation's highest court down to just eight members, the justices have yet to reach clear consensus in the closely-watched dispute.


Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men
Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men (June 14, 2016)

A new report from the Department of Justice makes the case for expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.


Indigenous youth in Paraguay forced into labor in wealthy homes
Indigenous youth in Paraguay forced into labor in wealthy homes (June 13, 2016)

Thousands of indigenous children in Paraguay are falling victim to a centuries-old system of forced labor.


Mormon Church faces third abuse lawsuit in Navajo Nation court
Mormon Church faces third abuse lawsuit in Navajo Nation court (June 8, 2016)

So far, four victims have come forward after suffering abuse in the Indian Student Placement Program.


Former council member for Blackfeet Nation plans to plead guilty
Former council member for Blackfeet Nation plans to plead guilty (June 6, 2016)

Cheryl Little Dog is admitting that she harbored a fugitive in her home on the reservation and lied to federal agents about his whereabouts.


Mormon Church disputes tribal jurisdiction in Navajo abuse case
Mormon Church disputes tribal jurisdiction in Navajo abuse case (June 1, 2016)

The Mormon Church is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will settle the matter by ruling in a closely-watched jurisdiction case.


Native residential school survivors reach $50M settlement in Canada
Native residential school survivors reach $50M settlement in Canada (May 10, 2016)

People who lived at residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador will benefit from direct payments.


Former leader of Grand Traverse Band sentenced for sex crimes
Law
Former leader of Grand Traverse Band sentenced for sex crimes (May 4, 2016)

Derek Bailey will spend at least 25 years in prison after being sentenced in two different sexual abuse cases.


Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Reservation plagued by abuse and assault cases
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Reservation plagued by abuse and assault cases (May 3, 2016)

In researching the United States Attorney’s website, I found there have been 11 sexual assault cases brought against men from the Rosebud Reservation since January 2016.


Vi Waln: Alcohol and drugs bring pain and suffering to our children
Vi Waln: Alcohol and drugs bring pain and suffering to our children (April 26, 2016)

Our children deserve to grow up in a sober home with parents who are supportive and loving.


Former Blackfeet Nation council member indicted in federal court
Law
Former Blackfeet Nation council member indicted in federal court (March 9, 2016)

Cheryl Little Dog is accused of harboring a fugitive in her home on the reservation and lying to federal agents about his whereabouts.


Vincent Schilling: I am not ashamed to be a sexual assault victim
Vincent Schilling: I am not ashamed to be a sexual assault victim (February 12, 2016)

As I try to stand up for our women, I also want my fellow Native men to know you are not cowards, you are no less a warrior and you are not alone if you were sexually assaulted in your lifetime.


Thousands of alleged residential school abusers located in Canada
Thousands of alleged residential school abusers located in Canada (February 2, 2016)

None are facing any charges at this point but they were invited to participate in hearings for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.


Appeal filed in child abuse case on Standing Rock Reservation
Law
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.


Carly McIntosh: The deep and dark secrets of Canadian history
Carly McIntosh: The deep and dark secrets of Canadian history (January 11, 2016)

The history of indigenous people must start being taught in every educational school across Canada.