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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.


Native man shot by police officer mounts appeal after lengthy sentence
Native man shot by police officer mounts appeal after lengthy sentence (October 11, 2019)

A bullet is lodged in Micah Taylor's neck after he was shot by a police officer. He's the one going to prison.


Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity
Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity (October 9, 2019)

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.


Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias
Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias (October 9, 2019)

A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled execution of Navajo citizen Lezmond Mitchell, who is the only Native American on federal death row.


Former leader of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians indicted for fraud
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Former leader of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians indicted for fraud (October 8, 2019)

Kevin Edwards, a former vice chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and his wife have been indicted on federal fraud charges.


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.


YES! Magazine: Pipelines can endanger the lives of Native women
YES! Magazine: Pipelines can endanger the lives of Native women (October 7, 2019)

'When something happens to an Indigenous person, to a Native person, why isn’t that being heard? We’re just another number.'


Grandmother receives nine and a half years for her role in murder
Grandmother receives nine and a half years for her role in murder (October 1, 2019)

The courtroom was filled with emotions and tension as the long-awaited sentencing hearing for the death of Kylen Shangreaux, age 2, began.


Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved
Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved (September 30, 2019)

A year ago, a grim discovery was made in California. A young Native woman was found shot in the head.


Arizona lawmaker brings personal story, gun-reform plea to Washington
Arizona lawmaker brings personal story, gun-reform plea to Washington (September 27, 2019)

A panel of lawmakers, advocates and medical professionals shared sobering stories about gun violence in the hopes of spurring the U.S. Congress into action.


Lakota Wakinyapi (Prophecies) must be heeded
Lakota Wakinyapi (Prophecies) must be heeded (September 27, 2019)

Our elders have been telling us to find our original teachings and to live by them.


Native man shot in neck by police officer hit with maximum sentence
Native man shot in neck by police officer hit with maximum sentence (September 10, 2019)

A bullet remains lodged in Micah Taylor's neck after he was shot by a police officer in Nebraska.


Data shows most American terrorists are angry White men
Data shows most American terrorists are angry White men (September 4, 2019)

Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric


'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case
'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case (August 15, 2019)

Members of a once powerful family of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians admitted to stealing nearly $5 million from their tribe.


Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery
Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery (August 15, 2019)

George Tiger is being accused of soliciting and accepting bribes while working for the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town.


Native Sun News Today: Sentencing delayed again for Lakota boy's death
Native Sun News Today: Sentencing delayed again for Lakota boy's death (August 15, 2019)

Kylen Shangreaux was only two years old when he was murdered on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.


Trump 'superfan' who claimed false ties to Seminole Tribe sentenced for domestic terrorism
Trump 'superfan' who claimed false ties to Seminole Tribe sentenced for domestic terrorism (August 5, 2019)

A Donald Trump 'superfan' who falsely claimed he was connected to the Seminole Tribe was sentenced to 20 years for mailing pipe bombs to critics of the president.


Tribes hear from Navajo mother at AMBER Alert in Indian Country Symposium
Tribes hear from Navajo mother at AMBER Alert in Indian Country Symposium (July 31, 2019)

Ashlynne Mike was only 11 years old when she was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation.


Death of Indigenous leader Emyra Wajãpi blamed on miners in Brazil
Death of Indigenous leader Emyra Wajãpi blamed on miners in Brazil (July 29, 2019)

Emyra Wajãpi was killed in an 'invasion' of his people's homelands in Brazil, tribal leaders said.


Cronkite News: Trump administration sets execution date for Navajo inmate
Cronkite News: Trump administration sets execution date for Navajo inmate (July 26, 2019)

Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row, is being put to death on December 11, 2019, according to the Department of Justice.


Rodney Bordeaux: Rosebud Sioux Tribe must address harmful drugs
Rodney Bordeaux: Rosebud Sioux Tribe must address harmful drugs (July 26, 2019)

The time for action is now! Our children and families depend on it.


Spirit Lake Nation jurisdiction bill about to clear first hurdle in Congress
Spirit Lake Nation jurisdiction bill about to clear first hurdle in Congress (July 24, 2019)

A bill to repeal a termination-era law that affects citizens of the Spirit Lake Nation is being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux council member arrested on drug charges
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux council member arrested on drug charges (July 18, 2019)

Cora White Horse has faced no action so far from the Oglala Sioux Tribe after being accused of distributing prescription drugs.


Eagle feather petition draws intense interest in Indian Country
Eagle feather petition draws intense interest in Indian Country (July 15, 2019)

A petition that could lead to major changes in the way eagle feathers are eagle parts are handled by the federal government has generated significant controversy.


'My sister is coming home now': Native woman being laid to rest after going missing
'My sister is coming home now': Native woman being laid to rest after going missing (July 15, 2019)

Rosenda Strong, a Native mother of four, went missing on the Yakama Nation in October 2018.


Clara Caufield: A sad development for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe
Clara Caufield: A sad development for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe (July 12, 2019)

Jace Killsback was considered one of the brightest and best. He just admitted to federal fraud charges.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota inmate awaits another chance for freedom
Native Sun News Today: Lakota inmate awaits another chance for freedom (July 9, 2019)

An Oglala Sioux man wants his freedom after serving nearly 30 years in the South Dakota State penitentiary system.


Arrest made in fatal shooting of North Fork elder and historian Gaylen Lee
Arrest made in fatal shooting of North Fork elder and historian Gaylen Lee (July 8, 2019)

Gaylen D. Lee, an elder and historian from the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, was killed at his home in California.


Cronkite News: Supreme Court set to rule on high-profile death penalty case
Cronkite News: Supreme Court set to rule on high-profile death penalty case (July 8, 2019)

There is no question that James McKinney murdered two people in 1991. But should he be put to death for it?


Supreme Court shocks Indian Country by failing to resolve closely-watched case
Supreme Court shocks Indian Country by failing to resolve closely-watched case (June 27, 2019)

The nation's highest court threw Indian Country for a loop on the final day of a blockbuster term for tribal rights.


Former leader of Northern Cheyenne Tribe admits to fraud charges
Former leader of Northern Cheyenne Tribe admits to fraud charges (June 18, 2019)

L. Jace Killsback, a former president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, has pleaded guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges.


Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case
Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case (June 18, 2019)

It only took 194 days for the Supreme Court to issue one sovereignty decision. Where's the other one?


Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence
Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence (June 13, 2019)

With the Violence Against Women Act mired in partisan politics, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to turn the focus back to the most vulnerable in Indian Country.


Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear death penalty case
Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear death penalty case (June 13, 2019)

A decision from the nation's highest court could affect as many as 19 death row inmates in Arizona.


Cronkite News: Jury unable to convict volunteer for helping migrants
Cronkite News: Jury unable to convict volunteer for helping migrants (June 12, 2019)

The trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren ended without a verdict.


Charges filed in connection with deadly shootings on Yakama Nation
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Charges filed in connection with deadly shootings on Yakama Nation (June 11, 2019)

Two citizens of the Yakama Nation have been charged in connection with deadly shootings on the reservation in Washington state.


Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear border shooting case
Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear border shooting case (June 11, 2019)

A 15-year-old Mexican teen was shot and killed in 'cold-blooded murder' by a border patrol agent, his family told the U.S. Supreme Court.


Yakama Nation reports arrest of all suspects in deadly shooting
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Yakama Nation reports arrest of all suspects in deadly shooting (June 10, 2019)

Five people were killed on the Yakama Nation, with four people arrested in connection with the murders.


Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision
Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision (June 4, 2019)

It's been more than six months since oral arguments in a closely-watched tribal case but who's counting?


Cronkite News: Volunteer on trial for providing aid to border crossers
Cronkite News: Volunteer on trial for providing aid to border crossers (June 3, 2019)

The trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren began with the prosecutor asserting that federal authorities are not targeting humanitarian aid along the border with Mexico.


Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era
Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era (May 31, 2019)

In the first two years of the Trump presidency, complaints of wrongdoing, corruption, fraud and misuse of funds increased 16 percent at the agency with the most responsibilities in Indian Country.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers won't budge from stances on Trump investigation
Cronkite News: Lawmakers won't budge from stances on Trump investigation (May 30, 2019)

Partisans did not appear to be swayed by a careful recap of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket (May 28, 2019)

It looks like Indian Country can rest easy for now, with no new cases added to the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.


Indian Country Today: 'The #MeToo movement has skipped Indian Country'
Indian Country Today: 'The #MeToo movement has skipped Indian Country' (May 28, 2019)

Sexual harassment in Indian Country is an inconvenient and deeply uncomfortable truth


Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress
Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress (May 22, 2019)

A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.


Albert Bender: It's clear to all that Trump has got to go
Albert Bender: It's clear to all that Trump has got to go (May 20, 2019)

Donald Trump has been called almost everything—racist demagogue, vulgar sexist, inept businessman, pathological liar, and moron.


Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe
Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe (May 20, 2019)

The nation's highest court has once again sided with Indian Country in a treaty rights case.


Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood
Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood (May 16, 2019)

Should the federal government stop issuing Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood?


Native journalist scheduled for trial in drunken driving case
Native journalist scheduled for trial in drunken driving case (May 14, 2019)

Jenni Monet is headed to trial this fall after arriving late to a court appearance on charges of drunken driving and resisting arrest in New Mexico.


Budget hearing focuses on public safety funding in Indian Country
Budget hearing focuses on public safety funding in Indian Country (May 13, 2019)

It's the Department of Justice's turn to present its budget to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs


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.


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.


Cronkite News: Convicted of racial profiling, Trump ally vows to keep fighting
Cronkite News: Convicted of racial profiling, Trump ally vows to keep fighting (April 30, 2019)

'The battle continues, I am not surrendering,' disgraced sheriff Joe Arpaio said.


Mary Annette Pember: Digging up and robbing Native graves still considered acceptable
Mary Annette Pember: Digging up and robbing Native graves still considered acceptable (April 29, 2019)

Amateur white American archaeologists and collectors are still influenced by the right of conquest mentality.


Defendant acquitted in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman
Defendant acquitted in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman (April 25, 2019)

Sheena Between Lodges is in recovery after being attacked on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Native man shot by police officer drops lawsuit in plea deal with prosecutors
Native man shot by police officer drops lawsuit in plea deal with prosecutors (April 24, 2019)

A bullet remains lodged in Micah Taylor's neck after he was shot by a police officer in Omaha, Nebraska.


'My wrongful arrest': Native journalist doubles down on defense in drunken driving case
'My wrongful arrest': Native journalist doubles down on defense in drunken driving case (April 22, 2019)

Jenni Monet is a free woman, despite a new warrant out for her arrest in New Mexico.


YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities take action for missing and murdered
YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities take action for missing and murdered (April 22, 2019)

Instead of waiting for answers from police, Indigenous communities are scanning hillsides and riverbeds—and helping families cope.


All charges dropped in road rage homicide case at Ohkay Owingeh
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All charges dropped in road rage homicide case at Ohkay Owingeh (April 12, 2019)

Federal prosecutors concluded they could not secure a conviction 'beyond a reasonable doubt' in the death of 53-year-old Phillip Glock.


Award-winning Native journalist arrested on charge of intoxicated driving
Award-winning Native journalist arrested on charge of intoxicated driving (April 11, 2019)

Journalist Jenni Monet is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest in an incident she is blaming on racial profiling.