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Cronkite News: Deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide are growing
Cronkite News: Deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide are growing (August 19, 2019)

Deaths of despair – the catchall name for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide – have seen 'alarming' increases across the country since 2005.


Lac Courte Oreilles Band announces new drug testing policy
Lac Courte Oreilles Band announces new drug testing policy (August 9, 2019)

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band, the largest local employer, will no longer employ random drug tests or screen for marijuana.


Cronkite News: 'Radical harm reduction collective provides critical service
Cronkite News: 'Radical harm reduction collective provides critical service (August 7, 2019)

While the debate around clean needle exchange programs continues, one organization works in a legal gray area to help stop the spread of disease.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on public safety at field hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on public safety at field hearing (March 20, 2019)

Tribal, federal and state officials are testifying about public safety and drug enforcement at a field hearing in North Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Bill aims to address addiction and crime in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Bill aims to address addiction and crime in South Dakota (March 5, 2019)

South Dakota is the only state in the union that brands drug addicted individuals with a felony conviction through ingestion.


'Fake News!': Tribe swept up in Trump administration's law and order push
'Fake News!': Tribe swept up in Trump administration's law and order push (October 2, 2018)

The Trump administration is more than happy to promote drug busts in Indian Country but one tribe is striking back.


Bureau of Indian Affairs officer credited with drug bust
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Bureau of Indian Affairs officer credited with drug bust (September 14, 2018)

A Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer has taken nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin off the market


Yankton Sioux Tribe tackles meth problem on the reservation
Yankton Sioux Tribe tackles meth problem on the reservation (August 6, 2018)

Meth has found a home in Indian Country and a drive through any reservation reveals the evidence of heavy drug abuse.


'I have paid my debt to society': Lakota woman locked up on first offense
'I have paid my debt to society': Lakota woman locked up on first offense (July 20, 2018)

After spending the past 21 years behind bars for dealing meth, LaVonne Roach is seeking clemency.


Community on Navajo Nation terrorized by 'Red Skin Kingz' gang
Community on Navajo Nation terrorized by 'Red Skin Kingz' gang (July 6, 2018)

The leaders of the Red Skin Kingz, a violent gang on the Navajo Nation, were finally brought to justice after years of brutal crimes.


Blackfeet Nation sends warning to drug dealers with banishment decision
Blackfeet Nation sends warning to drug dealers with banishment decision (June 27, 2018)

The Blackfeet Nation is accusing federal prosecutors of failing to take action against drug dealers.


U.S. Attorney: Substance abuse on the rise in Indian Country
U.S. Attorney: Substance abuse on the rise in Indian Country (June 27, 2018)

Tribal communities have been hit particularly hard by drugs, including opioids and methamphetamine.


Secretary Zinke suggests sending children from troubled homes to boarding school
Secretary Zinke suggests sending children from troubled homes to boarding school (May 30, 2018)

The leader of the Department of the Interior has an interesting response to the substance abuse crisis: send kids from troubled homes to an Indian boarding school far away.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Young Lakota inmate learns lesson from brutal crime
Native Sun News Today: Young Lakota inmate learns lesson from brutal crime (March 13, 2018)

Carlos Christopher Quevedo, 18, is set to be sentenced for second degree murder for the brutal stabbing death of a convenience store clerk in South Dakota.


Lac du Flambeau Band ties recent murder to gangs and drug dealers
Lac du Flambeau Band ties recent murder to gangs and drug dealers (February 15, 2018)

Five people have been charged in connection with the murder of a citizen of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal leaders tackle meth abuse in their communities
Native Sun News Today: Tribal leaders tackle meth abuse in their communities (December 22, 2017)

A group of tribal leaders and addiction recovery providers came together in South Dakota to discuss their work in the battle against methamphetamine in their communities.


Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe banishes meth dealer
Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe banishes meth dealer (December 21, 2017)

Methamphetamine use has been an epidemic on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota for the past decade.


Bad River Band declares 'emergency' to address substance abuse on reservation
Bad River Band declares 'emergency' to address substance abuse on reservation (November 8, 2017)

According to Chairperson Robert Blanchard, the Bad River Band has seen a rise in opioid, heroin and methamphetamine addiction.


Menominee Nation hosts 'safe' trick-or-treating event after disturbing incident
Menominee Nation hosts 'safe' trick-or-treating event after disturbing incident (October 31, 2017)

The Menominee Nation is hosting a new trick-or-treating event after tribal police discovered a suspicious substance in a child's candy bag.


YES! Magazine: Nation shifts to compassion in dealing with opioid drug epidemic
YES! Magazine: Nation shifts to compassion in dealing with opioid drug epidemic (October 30, 2017)

Communities are scrambling to save lives and get people into rehabilitation, but it wasn’t always that way.


Crow Tribe mourns shooting victims as details remain scarce about triple homicide
Crow Tribe mourns shooting victims as details remain scarce about triple homicide (August 10, 2017)

Two citizens of the Crow Tribe were laid to rest in Montana as federal authorities continue to investigate a triple homicide.


Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system
Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system (August 10, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation is ready to proceed with a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, the tribe's top legal official said.


Crow Tribe weighs stronger response after site of triple homicide burns to ground
Crow Tribe weighs stronger response after site of triple homicide burns to ground (August 9, 2017)

Leaders of the Crow Tribe continue to look for ways to address violent crime after a shooting left three citizens dead and two others injured.


Crow Tribe blames drugs and gangs for fatal shooting on reservation in Montana
Crow Tribe blames drugs and gangs for fatal shooting on reservation in Montana (August 7, 2017)

The leader of the Crow Tribe is blaming drugs and gangs for a shooting that left three people dead and two others injured.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation battles opioid epidemic among our people
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation battles opioid epidemic among our people (August 2, 2017)

The opioid epidemic is ripping apart families, straining our tribal resources and wreaking havoc across the Cherokee Nation.


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.


Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma
Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma (July 25, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation is defending its right to pursue drug companies and drug stores for flooding its homeland with prescription opioids.


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe council member resigns after drug charge
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe council member resigns after drug charge (July 7, 2017)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe accepted the resignation of a council member who is facing a felony drug charge.


Prison sentence for fatal overdose of mother from Quileute Tribe
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Prison sentence for fatal overdose of mother from Quileute Tribe (June 5, 2017)

Felisha Jackson, 28, died after ingesting heroin


Indian gang figures sentenced for running drug ring from prison
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Indian gang figures sentenced for running drug ring from prison (June 5, 2017)

Two members of the Indian Brotherhood gang and a former prison guard received a combined total of 849 months in federal prison for selling methamphetamine.


Brothers from Huichol Tribe murdered as drug war rages in Mexico
Brothers from Huichol Tribe murdered as drug war rages in Mexico (May 23, 2017)

Miguel Vazquez and Agustin Vazquez were resisting efforts to turn their tribe's homelands into drug farms.


Blood Tribe cites drug crisis in requiring permits for non-citizens
Blood Tribe cites drug crisis in requiring permits for non-citizens (May 16, 2017)

Non-citizens must pay fees when visiting, working or residing on the reserve in Alberta, Canada.


Chairman of Tunica-Biloxi Tribe indicted on embezzlement charge
Chairman of Tunica-Biloxi Tribe indicted on embezzlement charge (May 15, 2017)

Joey Barbry remains on board as chairman although he has been stripped of his duties as administrator.


Fort Peck woman faces life sentence for death of 13-month-old girl
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Fort Peck woman faces life sentence for death of 13-month-old girl (May 1, 2017)

Janelle Red Dog is pleading guilty to second-degree murder in an incident blamed on drug abuse.


Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisis
Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisis (April 20, 2017)

The tribe is suing the largest drug companies and drug stores in the United States in tribal court.


Native Sun News Today: South Dakota continues to punish drug addiction
Native Sun News Today: South Dakota continues to punish drug addiction (April 3, 2017)

The arrest of drug offenders appears to be skyrocketing.


André Cramblit: It's time to provide hope to our new generations
André Cramblit: It's time to provide hope to our new generations (March 20, 2017)

Reservations are riddled with drugs and other social problems that lead to an overall sense of hopelessness.


Allakaket Tribe banishes four people suspected of dealing meth
Allakaket Tribe banishes four people suspected of dealing meth (February 28, 2017)

Four men -- two tribal citizens and two non-citizens -- were flown out of the village in Alaska on the tribe's dime.


Border patrol agents seize 'dreamcatchers' filled with liquid meth
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Border patrol agents seize 'dreamcatchers' filled with liquid meth (December 20, 2016)

A woman was allegedly trying to bring the items into the United States from Mexico.


Lakota Country Times: Arrests made in three fatal Pine Ridge shootings
Lakota Country Times: Arrests made in three fatal Pine Ridge shootings (December 8, 2016)

Multiple arrests have been made in connection with the shooting deaths of three Oglala Lakota citizens who were gunned down in separate crimes.


Lakota Country Times: Laced marijuana finds its way to Pine Ridge
Lakota Country Times: Laced marijuana finds its way to Pine Ridge (December 2, 2016)

On the Pine Ridge Reservation more and more tribal citizens are coming up ill after unknowingly smoking marijuana that has been laced with other drugs.


Brandon Ecoffey: Strong fixes needed for reservation crime
Brandon Ecoffey: Strong fixes needed for reservation crime (October 26, 2016)

Our people deserve to feel safe in their everyday activities.


Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe promises more police after string of fatal shootings
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe promises more police after string of fatal shootings (October 26, 2016)

Three tribal citizens have been murdered in the last three months and a 13-year-old girl was killed in July.


Cronkite News: Fighting the opioid epidemic in Indian Country
Cronkite News: Fighting the opioid epidemic in Indian Country (October 25, 2016)

A crowded session at the National Congress of American Indians annual convention focused on opioid addiction.


Lakota Country Times: Shooting pushes community on Pine Ridge Reservation into action
Lakota Country Times: Shooting pushes community on Pine Ridge Reservation into action (October 25, 2016)

Multiple unknown gunmen ambushed Vinny Brewer III outside of the SuAnne Big Crow Youth Development Center just east of Pine Ridge village.


Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths on Pine Ridge Reservation
Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths on Pine Ridge Reservation (October 24, 2016)

Chunta Suta Win 'Annie' Colhoff-Poor Bear and Vincent Von Brewer III were killed in separate incidents that some have linked to drug trafficking.


James Giago Davies: Drugs and crime overrun our reservations
James Giago Davies: Drugs and crime overrun our reservations (October 21, 2016)

Not content with just getting drunk or baked, people on our reservations now prefer to get wired, because any high is better than the reservation reality they want to escape.


Native Sun News Today: The battle against meth in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: The battle against meth in South Dakota (October 18, 2016)

The two largest cities in South Dakota are making their stand against methamphetamine.


Vi Waln: Prescription pills are destroying lives in Indian Country
Vi Waln: Prescription pills are destroying lives in Indian Country (October 4, 2016)

Our children deserve to grow up in homes with adults who are sober and have clear minds.


Opinion: New Mexico tribes join fight against opioid epidemic
Opinion: New Mexico tribes join fight against opioid epidemic (September 21, 2016)

'It doesn’t matter where you live – East Liverpool or Washington D.C., in rural or urban America or Indian country – nearly everyone has been touched by this national epidemic.'


White Mountain Apache Tribe helps bust big marijuana operation
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White Mountain Apache Tribe helps bust big marijuana operation (August 31, 2016)

Over 2,400 plants were seized on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona after a tribal member reported being confronted by armed men.


Native village of Kwinhagak reels from fatal overdose of 19-year-old girl
Native village of Kwinhagak reels from fatal overdose of 19-year-old girl (August 19, 2016)

Jamie Roberts was pronounced dead after health aides tried to resuscitate her for more than two hours.


Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana case
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana case (August 5, 2016)

Amid widespread attention, federal prosecutors are planning to drop their case against Devontre Thomas, 19.


Young member of Warm Springs Tribes hit with marijuana charge
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes hit with marijuana charge (August 4, 2016)

A year-old incident at Chemawa Indian School in Oregon led to a single charge against Devontre Thomas, 19, who graduated in May.


Charles Kader: Author fails in attempted 'Takedown' of Mohawk people
Charles Kader: Author fails in attempted 'Takedown' of Mohawk people (August 4, 2016)

In counting how many instances of speculation passed off as fact that I could track, the list kept growing.