Deaths of despair – the catchall name for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide – have seen 'alarming' increases across the country since 2005.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Band, the largest local employer, will no longer employ random drug tests or screen for marijuana.
While the debate around clean needle exchange programs continues, one organization works in a legal gray area to help stop the spread of disease.
The time for action is now! Our children and families depend on it.
Cora White Horse has faced no action so far from the Oglala Sioux Tribe after being accused of distributing prescription drugs.
Gaylen D. Lee, an elder and historian from the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, was killed at his home in California.
A bullet remains lodged in Micah Taylor's neck after he was shot by a police officer in Omaha, Nebraska.
Tribal, federal and state officials are testifying about public safety and drug enforcement at a field hearing in North Dakota.
South Dakota is the only state in the union that brands drug addicted individuals with a felony conviction through ingestion.
The Trump administration is more than happy to promote drug busts in Indian Country but one tribe is striking back.
A Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer has taken nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin off the market
Meth has found a home in Indian Country and a drive through any reservation reveals the evidence of heavy drug abuse.
After spending the past 21 years behind bars for dealing meth, LaVonne Roach is seeking clemency.
The leaders of the Red Skin Kingz, a violent gang on the Navajo Nation, were finally brought to justice after years of brutal crimes.
The Blackfeet Nation is accusing federal prosecutors of failing to take action against drug dealers.
Tribal communities have been hit particularly hard by drugs, including opioids and methamphetamine.
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.
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.
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.
Five people have been charged in connection with the murder of a citizen of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.
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.
Methamphetamine use has been an epidemic on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota for the past decade.
According to Chairperson Robert Blanchard, the Bad River Band has seen a rise in opioid, heroin and methamphetamine addiction.
The Menominee Nation is hosting a new trick-or-treating event after tribal police discovered a suspicious substance in a child's candy bag.
Communities are scrambling to save lives and get people into rehabilitation, but it wasn’t always that way.
Two citizens of the Crow Tribe were laid to rest in Montana as federal authorities continue to investigate a triple homicide.
The Cherokee Nation is ready to proceed with a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, the tribe's top legal official said.
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.
The leader of the Crow Tribe is blaming drugs and gangs for a shooting that left three people dead and two others injured.
The opioid epidemic is ripping apart families, straining our tribal resources and wreaking havoc across the Cherokee Nation.
Sentences were handed down in two cases involving crimes against children on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.
The Cherokee Nation is defending its right to pursue drug companies and drug stores for flooding its homeland with prescription opioids.
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe accepted the resignation of a council member who is facing a felony drug charge.
Felisha Jackson, 28, died after ingesting heroin
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.
Miguel Vazquez and Agustin Vazquez were resisting efforts to turn their tribe's homelands into drug farms.
Non-citizens must pay fees when visiting, working or residing on the reserve in Alberta, Canada.
Joey Barbry remains on board as chairman although he has been stripped of his duties as administrator.
Janelle Red Dog is pleading guilty to second-degree murder in an incident blamed on drug abuse.
The tribe is suing the largest drug companies and drug stores in the United States in tribal court.
The arrest of drug offenders appears to be skyrocketing.
Reservations are riddled with drugs and other social problems that lead to an overall sense of hopelessness.
Four men -- two tribal citizens and two non-citizens -- were flown out of the village in Alaska on the tribe's dime.
A woman was allegedly trying to bring the items into the United States from Mexico.
Multiple arrests have been made in connection with the shooting deaths of three Oglala Lakota citizens who were gunned down in separate crimes.
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.
Our people deserve to feel safe in their everyday activities.
Three tribal citizens have been murdered in the last three months and a 13-year-old girl was killed in July.
A crowded session at the National Congress of American Indians annual convention focused on opioid addiction.
Multiple unknown gunmen ambushed Vinny Brewer III outside of the SuAnne Big Crow Youth Development Center just east of Pine Ridge village.
Chunta Suta Win 'Annie' Colhoff-Poor Bear and Vincent Von Brewer III were killed in separate incidents that some have linked to drug trafficking.
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.
The two largest cities in South Dakota are making their stand against methamphetamine.
Our children deserve to grow up in homes with adults who are sober and have clear minds.
'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.'
Over 2,400 plants were seized on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona after a tribal member reported being confronted by armed men.
Jamie Roberts was pronounced dead after health aides tried to resuscitate her for more than two hours.
Amid widespread attention, federal prosecutors are planning to drop their case against Devontre Thomas, 19.
A year-old incident at Chemawa Indian School in Oregon led to a single charge against Devontre Thomas, 19, who graduated in May.
In counting how many instances of speculation passed off as fact that I could track, the list kept growing.