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PolitiFact: Does US Constitution owe debt to Iroquois nations?
PolitiFact: Does US Constitution owe debt to Iroquois nations? (December 2, 2014)

A meme circulating on social media sites claims the U.S. Constitution owes its notion of democracy to the Haudenosaunee Nations.


Supreme Court declines hate crime case involving Navajo victim
Supreme Court declines hate crime case involving Navajo victim (March 25, 2014)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a hate crime conviction involving a Navajo Nation victim.


Column: The 14th Amendment's relationship with Indian rights
Column: The 14th Amendment's relationship with Indian rights (March 12, 2014)

A look at how the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has affected the rights of American Indians.


Supreme Court issues historic decisions in gay rights cases
Supreme Court issues historic decisions in gay rights cases (June 27, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down the final rulings of its current term on Wednesday, with a pair of decisions marking a major advance in gay rights.


Supreme Court bars mandatory life sentences in juvenile crimes
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Supreme Court bars mandatory life sentences in juvenile crimes (June 26, 2012)

Juvenile homicide offenders cannot be punished to mandatory life sentences, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday. By a 5-4 vote, the justices ruled that mandatory life sentences violate the...


Steven Newcomb: Anti-terror law threatens indigenous rights
Steven Newcomb: Anti-terror law threatens indigenous rights (May 1, 2012)

"We have been told that a fight against “terrorism” is the reason why the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was passed by Congress, and signed by President Obama on December...


Peter d'Errico: Supreme Court decision and indigenous rights
Peter d'Errico: Supreme Court decision and indigenous rights (February 3, 2012)

"According to the common law, as the Jones opinions acknowledge, any unauthorized intrusion on private property is actionable (i.e., the owner can take legal action against the intruder). The Fourth...


Court rules juvenile Indians must  join sex offender registry
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Court rules juvenile Indians must join sex offender registry (January 26, 2012)

Indian juveniles who committed sex-related offenses must register as sex offenders as adults, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday. In separate cases, three Indian males who are...


Supreme Court blocks use of GPS tracker without a   warrant
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Supreme Court blocks use of GPS tracker without a warrant (January 24, 2012)

Law enforcement officials violated the Constitutional rights of a defendant by installing a GPS tracking device on his vehicle without a search warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a...


Steven Newcomb: President Obama undermines   Constitution
Steven Newcomb: President Obama undermines Constitution (January 9, 2012)

"On December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012. By doing so, he thereby placed his imprimatur as President of the United States...


Judge Lamberth blocks tax provisions  in Seneca PACT Act case
Judge Lamberth blocks tax provisions in Seneca PACT Act case (December 6, 2011)

Judge Royce Lamberth on Monday granted a preliminary injunction that prevents federal authorities from enforcing taxation provisions of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act on a Seneca Nation smoke shop....


8th Circuit hears arguments in Santee Sioux murder case
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8th Circuit hears arguments in Santee Sioux murder case (October 27, 2011)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case of Shanon R. Thomas, a member of the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska who was convicted of murder....


10th Circuit revives domestic violence case against Ute man
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10th Circuit revives domestic violence case against Ute man (August 3, 2011)

A member of the Ute Tribe who was the first person in Utah to be charged for being a habitual domestic violence offender will once again return to federal court....


8th Circuit accepts tribal court convictions    for federal prosecution
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8th Circuit accepts tribal court convictions for federal prosecution (July 7, 2011)

Federal prosecutors can use tribal court convictions against a Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation man even though he wasn't provided with an attorney, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on...


Supreme Court favors  Indian man  in his DWI  conviction case
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Supreme Court favors Indian man in his DWI conviction case (June 23, 2011)

An Indian man's constitutional rights were violated when he was convicted of DWI in New Mexico, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today. Donald Bullcoming was never given an opportunity to...


SCOTUSblog: Justice Scalia makes the case for Indian defendant
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SCOTUSblog: Justice Scalia makes the case for Indian defendant (March 3, 2011)

"Two days after winding up, quite angrily, on the losing end of a major criminal law ruling, Justice Antonin Scalia moved energetically on Wednesday to try to make sure it...


Supreme Court to hear case over Indian defendant's conviction
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Supreme Court to hear case over Indian defendant's conviction (March 1, 2011)

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow in Bullcoming v. New Mexico. Donald Bullcoming was convicted of aggravated DWI in New Mexico state court in November 2005. He says...


Editorial: Byron Dorgan honored responsibilities to Indian nations
Editorial: Byron Dorgan honored responsibilities to Indian nations (January 4, 2011)

"When Republicans take control of the U.S. House this week, their first order of business will be to read the U.S. Constitution aloud. Dorgan’s presence would remind House members that...