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Native Sun News Today: Bamboozled by State jurisdiction
Native Sun News Today: Bamboozled by State jurisdiction (September 23, 2019)

Every tribe has one treasure it must protect from plunder, a treasure that dwarfs all other treasures combined — tribal sovereignty.


'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation
'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation (May 10, 2019)

The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law.


Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill
Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill (March 26, 2018)

Increases for Indian schools, tribal courts, victims of crime and other key initiatives are now law thanks to bipartisan action in Congress.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill
Native Sun News Today: Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill (February 5, 2018)

There is major concern amongst South Dakota’s tribal leaders about a bill to authorize the arrest of fugitives in Indian Country.


Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington
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Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington (November 6, 2017)

The Yakama Nation is asserting authority over a disputed portion of its territory with a new lawsuit in federal court.


Sherwood Valley Band calls in authorities to take down marijuana operation
Sherwood Valley Band calls in authorities to take down marijuana operation (July 27, 2017)

Tribal, local and federal authorities raided a marijuana operation on the Sherwood Valley Rancheria in northern California.


Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 5, 2017)

The Trump administration has finally released the 'greenbook' for the Bureau of Indian Affairs although few are happy to be reading it.


James Giago Davies: The beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty
James Giago Davies: The beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty (March 2, 2017)

North Dakota wants jurisdiction on Standing Rock. This would mean the beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty.


Montana county complains about costs of policing the reservation
Montana county complains about costs of policing the reservation (March 1, 2017)

Officials in Lake County says Public Law 280 isn't working out anymore.


James Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota Access
James Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota Access (February 16, 2017)

The Orange Ogre in the White House is just the latest politician to take full advantage of Lakota turning on Lakota.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ask state to give up jurisdictional role
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ask state to give up jurisdictional role (July 18, 2016)

The state assumed authority under Public Law 280 more than 50 years ago.


Mille Lacs Band slams county for ending law enforcement deal
Mille Lacs Band slams county for ending law enforcement deal (June 30, 2016)

The county took offense after the Obama administration sided with the tribe and confirmed that the Mille Lacs Reservation continues to exist.


Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign
Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign (February 3, 2016)

My ideal? Presidential campaigns would focus on policy, not the politicians, and the first votes would be cast in states like Arizona, New Mexico, or even Montana, where issues that impact First Americans would get a full airing by all the campaigns.


Mille Lacs Band kept outsiders from State of the Band address
Mille Lacs Band kept outsiders from State of the Band address (January 13, 2016)

Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin still managed to make news by promising tougher punishments for drugs dealers and gang members under federal law.


Mille Lacs Band hails return of federal jurisdiction on reservation
Mille Lacs Band hails return of federal jurisdiction on reservation (January 12, 2016)

Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin said the decision will help the tribe combat drugs and gangs.


Yakama Nation reasserts authority after decades under PL280
Yakama Nation reasserts authority after decades under PL280 (October 20, 2015)

Tribal leaders presented Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn with an eagle feather during the National Congress of American Indians annual convention in San Diego, California.


Pinoleville Pomo Nation blasts local raid of marijuana operation
Pinoleville Pomo Nation blasts local raid of marijuana operation (September 28, 2015)

The tribe accused the sheriff in Mendocino County, California, of violating its sovereignty by raiding two facilities on the reservation.


Ho-Chunk Nation goes slowly when it comes to legal marijuana
Ho-Chunk Nation goes slowly when it comes to legal marijuana (September 24, 2015)

Tribal citizens endorsed legalization of the drug at a general council meeting but the discussion is only just beginning.


Pinoleville Pomo Nation sees setback at marijuana operation
Pinoleville Pomo Nation sees setback at marijuana operation (September 23, 2015)

Local authorities raided two facilities on the reservation as a tribal representative disclosed the loss of two partners in the closely-watched project.


Citizens of Ho-Chunk Nation endorse legalization of marijuana
Citizens of Ho-Chunk Nation endorse legalization of marijuana (September 21, 2015)

Some 63 percent of attendees at a general council meeting want to see the tribe legalize the drug


Menominee Nation supports marijuana in advisory referendum
Menominee Nation supports marijuana in advisory referendum (August 21, 2015)

Tribal members voted in favor of legalizing the drug for recreational and medicinal use.


Menominee Nation prepares for referendum on legal marijuana
Menominee Nation prepares for referendum on legal marijuana (August 17, 2015)

Tribal members will help determine whether the drug will be approved for medicinal and recreational uses.


Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold field hearing in Alaska
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold field hearing in Alaska (August 13, 2015)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will chair the hearing as the committee examines tribal justice issues, including tribal courts.


Appropriations bill adds $10M for tribal courts in PL280 states
Appropriations bill adds $10M for tribal courts in PL280 states (July 1, 2015)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said the money will help tribes strengthen their justice systems.


Iowa lawmakers back repeal of jurisdiction over Meskwaki Tribe
Iowa lawmakers back repeal of jurisdiction over Meskwaki Tribe (June 12, 2015)

Supporters said it's time for the state to stop prosecuting crimes involving tribal members on the reservation.


Pinoleville Pomo Nation faces prosecution over marijuana plants
Pinoleville Pomo Nation faces prosecution over marijuana plants (June 5, 2015)

The district attorney disputes a claim that his office won't go after operations with under 200 plants.


Pinoleville Pomo Nation starts planting marijuana on reservation
Pinoleville Pomo Nation starts planting marijuana on reservation (June 4, 2015)

The tribe has cautiously put 25 plants on one parcel and 26 on another and is inviting the county sheriff to come and eradicate that last plant.


Marijuana seen as new frontier in tribal economic development
Marijuana seen as new frontier in tribal economic development (April 23, 2015)

Tribes in California, Washington, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Arizona and Oklahoma have expressed interest in revising their laws and policies towards marijuana.


Pinoleville Pomo Nation marijuana farm appears to be on hold
Pinoleville Pomo Nation marijuana farm appears to be on hold (March 20, 2015)

The tribe's developers optimistically predicted the operation would be up and running by February.


Anthony Broadman: Court expands state powers on tribal land
Anthony Broadman: Court expands state powers on tribal land (March 20, 2015)

The Washington State Supreme Court wove new threads into the already tangled web of Washington partial P.L. 280 jurisprudence.


State laws remain an issue as tribes consider growing marijuana
State laws remain an issue as tribes consider growing marijuana (March 13, 2015)

Public Law 280 could pose a problem for tribes in certain states, an attorney said.


Tribes in Wisconsin discuss marijuana with federal prosecutors
Tribes in Wisconsin discuss marijuana with federal prosecutors (March 9, 2015)

One issue under debate is Public Law 280, which grants civil and criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country to the state.


Menominee Nation leader wants to move quickly on marijuana
Menominee Nation leader wants to move quickly on marijuana (February 20, 2015)

Craig Corn, a former chairman who serves on the tribe's governing body, will be attending the first-ever Tribal Marijuana Conference next week.


Brian Pierson: State law still matters as tribes pursue marijuana
Brian Pierson: State law still matters as tribes pursue marijuana (February 11, 2015)

The Department of Justice policy does not provide a complete legal foundation for tribal commercial marijuana enterprises.


Pinoleville Pomo Nation puts marijuana farm on temporary hold
Pinoleville Pomo Nation puts marijuana farm on temporary hold (February 11, 2015)

Local authorities have questioned the legality of the operation but the tribe's partners are vowing to move forward.


Red Lake Nation to hold community meetings on legal marijuana
Red Lake Nation to hold community meetings on legal marijuana (February 9, 2015)

Chairman Darrell Seki Sr. is warning that the process will move slowly.


Five defendants change pleas in Berry Creek Rancheria dispute
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Five defendants change pleas in Berry Creek Rancheria dispute (December 5, 2014)

The charges stem from a dispute over the disenrollment policies of the Tyme Maidu Tribe.


GAO report looks at tribal implementation of Adam Walsh Act
GAO report looks at tribal implementation of Adam Walsh Act (November 20, 2014)

Tribes are doing better at implementing sex offender registries than state governments, eight years after the bill became law.


Lac Courte Oreilles Band questioned for get out the vote efforts
Lac Courte Oreilles Band questioned for get out the vote efforts (November 5, 2014)

The tribe provided free food and offered prizes at an election day wrap-up party.


Tanya Lee: Violence against Native women a national disgrace
Tanya Lee: Violence against Native women a national disgrace (July 30, 2014)

Tanya H. Lee writes about the history of federal Indian law and policy leading up to the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.


Yakama Nation seeks to retake authority from Washington
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Yakama Nation seeks to retake authority from Washington (January 21, 2014)

The Yakama Nation is set to reclaim authority from the state of Washington after more than 50 years of living under Public Law 280.


Diane Benson: Anti-violence effort leaves out Alaska Natives
Diane Benson: Anti-violence effort leaves out Alaska Natives (March 28, 2013)

Diane Benson, an Alaska Native survivor of sexual assault, says the state's Choose Respect campaign leaves out Native women: The Choose Respect anti-violence programs are great things for schools, but...


Tim Giago: A clear and present danger to our tribal sovereignty
Tim Giago: A clear and present danger to our tribal sovereignty (August 13, 2012)

By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota Indian law, sovereignty and jurisdiction are not “one size fits all” issues in Indian country. There are too many variations...


Supreme Court declines to review Public Law 280 dispute
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Supreme Court declines to review Public Law 280 dispute (April 17, 2012)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Beaulieu v. Minnesota, a Public Law 280 case. David Beaulieu, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians, was...


MPR: White Earth Band seeks to restore federal jurisdiction
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MPR: White Earth Band seeks to restore federal jurisdiction (March 23, 2012)

"Some Native American tribes in Minnesota are hoping a relatively new federal law will help reduce high reservation crime rates. The Tribal Law and Order Act would allow for more...


Washington governor signs Public Law 280 retrocession bill
Washington governor signs Public Law 280 retrocession bill (March 20, 2012)

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) signed a bill that will allow the state to retrocede its jurisdiction under Public Law 280. The bill allows tribes to request for the state...


Bill for    state jurisdiction retrocession in Washington passes
Bill for state jurisdiction retrocession in Washington passes (February 29, 2012)

The Washington Senate approved an amended version of a bill that affects criminal and civil jurisdiction in Indian Country. Lawmakers voted 42-6 in favor of HB 2233, which sets up...


Supreme Court asks for state reply in Public Law 280 case
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Supreme Court asks for state reply in Public Law 280 case (February 21, 2012)

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the state of Minnesota for a reply in Beaulieu v. Minnesota, a Public Law 280 case. David Beaulieu, a member of the White Earth...


Bill in Washington allows retrocession of state jurisdiction
Bill in Washington allows retrocession of state jurisdiction (February 21, 2012)

Tribes in Washington are supporting HR 1448, a bill that affects criminal and civil jurisdiction in Indian Country. The state exercises jurisdiction in Indian Country under Public Law 280. This...


Washington court backs Yakama Nation man in fishing case
Washington court backs Yakama Nation man in fishing case (February 9, 2012)

The state of Washington lacks jurisdiction over a fishing site that was set aside by Congress, the Washington Supreme Court ruled today. Lester Ray Jim, a member of the Yakama...


Series: Criminal jurisdiction for Indian Country in California
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Series: Criminal jurisdiction for Indian Country in California (December 13, 2011)

The Santee Patch is running a three-part series on criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country in California. Under Public Law 280, the state exercises criminal jurisdiction on reservations. There are some...


Washington court backs state jurisdiction over smokeshop
Washington court backs state jurisdiction over smokeshop (December 9, 2011)

The state of Washington can assert criminal jurisdiction over a smokeshop located in Indian Country, the Washington Supreme Court ruled.


Judge opens  police  contracting to tribes in PL 280 states
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Judge opens police contracting to tribes in PL 280 states (October 31, 2011)

A federal judge has struck down an unwritten Bureau of Indian Affairs policy that barred tribes in Public Law 280 states from entering into self-determination contracts for law enforcement. The...


Yakama Nation hosts meeting on Public Law 280 bill in state
Yakama Nation hosts meeting on Public Law 280 bill in state (September 12, 2011)

The Yakama Nation of Washington is hosting a meeting on Friday to discuss HR 1448, a bill that affects criminal and civil jurisdiction. Washington exercises jurisdiction in Indian Country under...


Minnesota court subjects Indian offenders to civil commitment
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Minnesota court subjects Indian offenders to civil commitment (July 20, 2011)

Indian sexual offenders who reside in Indian Country are subject to "civil commitment" under state law, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today. Jeremiah Jerome Johnson, a member of the Bois...