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Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women
Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women (November 19, 2019)

With expanded protections for Native women and children still in doubt on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers are advancing legislation to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in tribal communities.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers clash along party lines on asylum reform bill
Cronkite News: Lawmakers clash along party lines on asylum reform bill (August 6, 2019)

Republican pushed an immigration bill through a party-line vote after preventing Democrats from offering amendments to it.


Cronkite News: Few answers at lengthy hearing over border conditions
Cronkite News: Few answers at lengthy hearing over border conditions (July 29, 2019)

A House panel grilled Trump administration officials over migrant family separations and conditions at border detention facilities, but the hearing produced more partisan sparks than answers.


Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: It's time for the United States to pay up
Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: It's time for the United States to pay up (June 26, 2019)

A slavery reparations hearing on Juneteenth represented the result of centuries of work.


Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court
Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court (February 26, 2019)

Democrats are sounding the alarm after Republicans confirmed a Trump nominee for a lifetime spot on a key federal appeals court despite Indian Country's objections.


AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty
AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty (February 26, 2019)

A Trump nominee who has repeatedly advocated against tribal interests is up for a lifetime appointment to a key federal appeals court.


Indian health law killed by same judge behind Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Indian health law killed by same judge behind Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (December 17, 2018)

A federal judge who invalidated the Indian Child Welfare Act has issued a new ruling that could devastate tribal nations.


Tim Giago: We need more Native American judges in South Dakota
Tim Giago: We need more Native American judges in South Dakota (November 5, 2018)

We believe it is high time to open the doors of the court houses in South Dakota to be inclusive of the Native Americans.


Cronkite News: Trump nominee defends Indian law record at nearly empty hearing
Cronkite News: Trump nominee defends Indian law record at nearly empty hearing (October 30, 2018)

One of President Trump's court nominees tried to dispel concerns about his record on tribal law, saying his previous work did not reflect how he would rule as a judge.


Tribal officials, Democrats push back on 9th Circuit judicial nominee
Tribal officials, Democrats push back on 9th Circuit judicial nominee (October 23, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Rights Fund are opposing one of President Trump's judicial nominees.


'This is worse than I thought': Brett Kavanaugh hearing draws protests
'This is worse than I thought': Brett Kavanaugh hearing draws protests (September 28, 2018)

Protesters outside of a heated Senate hearing seemed to have already made up their minds about Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee accused of sexual assault.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


More Alaska Natives oppose Brett Kavanaugh ahead of critical hearing
More Alaska Natives oppose Brett Kavanaugh ahead of critical hearing (September 26, 2018)

Republicans are intent on advancing Brett Kavanaugh even as more Alaska Natives oppose the controversial Supreme Court nominee.


'No reason for any further delay': Key Republican on Brett Kavanaugh
'No reason for any further delay': Key Republican on Brett Kavanaugh (September 19, 2018)

With his Indian law record in doubt, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court is confronting a sexual assault allegation.


'Lack of understanding of tribes': Brett Kavanaugh deemed unfriendly to Indian Country
'Lack of understanding of tribes': Brett Kavanaugh deemed unfriendly to Indian Country (September 19, 2018)

Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.


Court strikes down landmark Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Court strikes down landmark Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (September 18, 2018)

A federal appeals court has delivered a major blow to tribes and parents who have been seeking to protect their children.


Richard Peterson: Brett Kavanaugh threatens tribal sovereignty
Richard Peterson: Brett Kavanaugh threatens tribal sovereignty (September 10, 2018)

Alaska tribes, despite being more than the nation's capital, know the truth about Brett Kavanaugh's agenda.


Diane Humetewa: John McCain was a leading voice for Indian Country
Diane Humetewa: John McCain was a leading voice for Indian Country (August 29, 2018)

During the majority of his time in the House and Senate, John McCain was a leading voice for and architect of federal Indian policy.


Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change
Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change (August 15, 2018)

The Supreme Court might get a new justice soon but it's not clear whether Brett Kavanaugh understands tribes and their issues.


Trump administration defends handling of family separations at hearing
Trump administration defends handling of family separations at hearing (August 1, 2018)

Immigration officials continue to face fire for separating migrant families at the U.S. border.


Carl Tobias: Nominate Diane Humetewa for seat on appeals court
Carl Tobias: Nominate Diane Humetewa for seat on appeals court (June 5, 2017)

A law professor makes the case for President Donald Trump to nominate the first Native woman to serve on a federal appeals court.


Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes (March 22, 2017)

The Supreme Court hasn't always been kind to Indian Country but a federal judge appears ready to ensure tribes will be treated fairly.


Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record
Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record (March 20, 2017)

Donald Trump's nominee has a far better record when it comes to tribes than the man he would be replacing on the nation's highest court.


Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protest
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Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protest (August 30, 2016)

After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court.


Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty case
Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty case (August 24, 2016)

After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court and he's not happy about it.


Anti-Indian figure appears in segment on tribal court jurisdiction
Anti-Indian figure appears in segment on tribal court jurisdiction (June 21, 2016)

Indian Country isn't the only one paying attention to a tribal jurisdiction case that's pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Republicans slam Trump's 'racist' comments but still support him
Republicans slam Trump's 'racist' comments but still support him (June 8, 2016)

The real estate mogul accused a federal judge of being biased due to his 'Mexican' heritage.


Supreme Court pick puts some Indian law cases on questionnaire
Supreme Court pick puts some Indian law cases on questionnaire (May 11, 2016)

Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals participated in a contract support costs case that was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in January.


Judge in South Dakota sanctioned in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Judge in South Dakota sanctioned in Indian Child Welfare Act case (April 18, 2016)

A key document that was withheld from the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe explains why Indian guardians lost 100 percent of cases before Judge Jeff Davis.


Chair of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe calls for action on court nominee
Chair of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe calls for action on court nominee (March 17, 2016)

Senate Republicans are refusing to consider Merrick Garland as Indian Country awaits decisions in cases that affect tribal courts, tribal jurisdiction and protections for Native women.


Diane Humetewa not under consideration for Supreme Court seat
Diane Humetewa not under consideration for Supreme Court seat (March 11, 2016)

A short list of five potential candidates is being widely cited in the media but it does not include anyone from Indian Country.


Gyasi Ross: Nominate Diane Humetewa to serve on Supreme Court
Gyasi Ross: Nominate Diane Humetewa to serve on Supreme Court (March 9, 2016)

It’s time to recognize the ability of Indigenous women to restore the balance to not only our communities, but to all people; in fact, it’s long overdue.


Senate Republicans refuse to consider Supreme Court nominee
Senate Republicans refuse to consider Supreme Court nominee (February 24, 2016)

The Senate Judiciary Committee said it won't hold hearings until a new president is sworn into office in January 2017.


Lakota Country Times: Legal 'victory' for reservation residents
Lakota Country Times: Legal 'victory' for reservation residents (November 23, 2015)

An order that deprived Oglala Lakota County residents of the right to sit on trial juries in cases originating in their county has been ruled illegal.


Native Sun News: Oglala citizens can serve on juries again
Native Sun News: Oglala citizens can serve on juries again (November 13, 2015)

'This is a victory for the residents of Oglala Lakota County,' attorney Charles Abourezk said.


South Dakota court rebukes judge at center of ICWA dispute
South Dakota court rebukes judge at center of ICWA dispute (November 11, 2015)

Judge Jeff Davis had barred all residents of Oglala Lakota County, formerly known as Shannon County, from serving on juries.


Arguments heard in lawsuit over federal judge's racist e-mails
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Arguments heard in lawsuit over federal judge's racist e-mails (May 26, 2015)

A group of Indian plaintiffs want to see the messages to determine whether the former judge was biased in the courtroom.


Judge at center of ICWA lawsuit in South Dakota stripped of title
Judge at center of ICWA lawsuit in South Dakota stripped of title (May 25, 2015)

Judge Jeff Davis in Pennington County removed Indian children from their families in 100 percent of the cases before him.


US Sentencing Commission looks at Indian Country disparities
US Sentencing Commission looks at Indian Country disparities (April 21, 2015)

A panel of judges, officials, tribal leaders, attorneys and advocates are determining whether Indian criminal defendants face harsher sentences simply by being located on reservations.


Racist emails of former Montana federal judge to be preserved
Racist emails of former Montana federal judge to be preserved (March 26, 2015)

Richard Cebull sent 'hundreds' of racist messages, including some about Native Americans, but their contents haven't been publicly disclosed.


Another lawsuit filed over former federal judge's racist emails
Another lawsuit filed over former federal judge's racist emails (March 4, 2015)

An investigation said the judge send 'hundreds' of racist message, including some about Native Americans.


Law Article: Indian Country saw positive developments in 2014
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Law Article: Indian Country saw positive developments in 2014 (February 4, 2015)

From the favorable Supreme Court decision in the Bay Mills case through the issuance by the U.S. Attorney General of principles for working with tribes, the year started and ended with key legal advancements for tribal interests.


Government attorneys don't want to release judge's racist emails
Government attorneys don't want to release judge's racist emails (December 9, 2014)

Clifford Birdinground, a former chairman of the Crow Tribe who was convicted of bribery, wants to see the emails in hopes of clearing his name.


Former convicted leader of Crow Tribe seeks to clear his name
Former convicted leader of Crow Tribe seeks to clear his name (November 26, 2014)

Attorneys for Clifford Birdinground question whether a federal judge was biased against Native Americans.


Federal judge refuses use of name of Washington NFL team
Federal judge refuses use of name of Washington NFL team (July 14, 2014)

Judge won't allow use of name in court or in his rulings.


Indian activists want to see racist emails from former judge
Indian activists want to see racist emails from former judge (July 2, 2014)

Former federal judge sent hundreds of inappropriate messages but they haven't been released.


Editorial: Diane Humetewa makes history books as federal judge
Editorial: Diane Humetewa makes history books as federal judge (May 21, 2014)

Hopi woman is the first Native women to serve in the federal judiciary.


Senate confirms Diane Humetewa as a federal judge in Arizona
Senate confirms Diane Humetewa as a federal judge in Arizona (May 15, 2014)

Diane Humetewa is the first Native woman in the federal judiciary.


Senate to vote on Diane Humetewa as federal judge in Arizona
Senate to vote on Diane Humetewa as federal judge in Arizona (May 14, 2014)

The Senate is set to vote today on the nomination of Diane Humetewa to serve as a federal judge in Arizona.


Sen. Tester presses for confirmation of three Indian nominees
Sen. Tester presses for confirmation of three Indian nominees (May 12, 2014)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is calling on the Senate to confirm three tribal members to important posts.


Senate committee advances Diane Humetewa as federal judge
Senate committee advances Diane Humetewa as federal judge (February 27, 2014)

The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning approved the nomination of Diane Humetewa to serve as a federal judge in Arizona.


Diane Humetewa, Hopi, wins praise at confirmation hearing
Diane Humetewa, Hopi, wins praise at confirmation hearing (January 29, 2014)

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing on Tuesday for Diane Humetewa to serve as a federal judge in Arizona.


Confirmation hearing for Diane Humetewa as federal judge
Confirmation hearing for Diane Humetewa as federal judge (January 24, 2014)

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing next Tuesday for Diane Humetewa to serve as a federal judge in Arizona.


Stephanie Woodard: Advocates want to see racist e-mails
Stephanie Woodard: Advocates want to see racist e-mails (January 23, 2014)

Stephanie Woodard reports on an investigation that found a federal judge in Montana used his government e-email account to send 'hundreds' of inappropriate messages, including some about Native Americans.


Federal judge in Montana sent hundreds of racist e-mails
Federal judge in Montana sent hundreds of racist e-mails (January 20, 2014)

A retired federal judge who sent a racist e-mail about President Barack Obama from his government account sent "hundreds" of inappropriate messages, including some about Native Americans.


Obama resubmits nomination of Diane Humetewa as judge
Obama resubmits nomination of Diane Humetewa as judge (January 6, 2014)

President Barack Obama has resubmitted the nomination of Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, to serve as a federal judge in Arizona.


Opinion: Big deal in nomination of Diane Humetewa as judge
Opinion: Big deal in nomination of Diane Humetewa as judge (October 2, 2013)

Writer welcomes the nomination of Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, as a federal judge in Arizona.


Opinion: Long overdue pick of Native woman as federal judge
Opinion: Long overdue pick of Native woman as federal judge (September 24, 2013)

Writer welcomes the nomination of Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, as federal judge in Arizona.


Diane Humetewa earns praise as choice for federal judgeship
Diane Humetewa earns praise as choice for federal judgeship (September 20, 2013)

Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, is winning praise as the first Native American woman to be nominated for a federal judgeship


Obama nominates Diane Humetewa, Hopi, as a federal judge
Obama nominates Diane Humetewa, Hopi, as a federal judge (September 19, 2013)

President Barack Obama has nominated Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, to serve as a federal judge in Arizona.