Every tribe has one treasure it must protect from plunder, a treasure that dwarfs all other treasures combined — tribal sovereignty.
Increases for Indian schools, tribal courts, victims of crime and other key initiatives are now law thanks to bipartisan action in Congress.
There is major concern amongst South Dakota’s tribal leaders about a bill to authorize the arrest of fugitives in Indian Country.
The Yakama Nation is asserting authority over a disputed portion of its territory with a new lawsuit in federal court.
Tribal, local and federal authorities raided a marijuana operation on the Sherwood Valley Rancheria in northern California.
North Dakota wants jurisdiction on Standing Rock. This would mean the beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty.
Officials in Lake County says Public Law 280 isn't working out anymore.
The Orange Ogre in the White House is just the latest politician to take full advantage of Lakota turning on Lakota.
The state assumed authority under Public Law 280 more than 50 years ago.
The county took offense after the Obama administration sided with the tribe and confirmed that the Mille Lacs Reservation continues to exist.
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.
Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin still managed to make news by promising tougher punishments for drugs dealers and gang members under federal law.
Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin said the decision will help the tribe combat drugs and gangs.
Tribal leaders presented Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn with an eagle feather during the National Congress of American Indians annual convention in San Diego, California.
The tribe accused the sheriff in Mendocino County, California, of violating its sovereignty by raiding two facilities on the reservation.
Tribal citizens endorsed legalization of the drug at a general council meeting but the discussion is only just beginning.
Local authorities raided two facilities on the reservation as a tribal representative disclosed the loss of two partners in the closely-watched project.
Some 63 percent of attendees at a general council meeting want to see the tribe legalize the drug
Tribal members voted in favor of legalizing the drug for recreational and medicinal use.
Tribal members will help determine whether the drug will be approved for medicinal and recreational uses.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will chair the hearing as the committee examines tribal justice issues, including tribal courts.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said the money will help tribes strengthen their justice systems.
Supporters said it's time for the state to stop prosecuting crimes involving tribal members on the reservation.
The district attorney disputes a claim that his office won't go after operations with under 200 plants.
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.
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.
The tribe's developers optimistically predicted the operation would be up and running by February.
The Washington State Supreme Court wove new threads into the already tangled web of Washington partial P.L. 280 jurisprudence.
Public Law 280 could pose a problem for tribes in certain states, an attorney said.
One issue under debate is Public Law 280, which grants civil and criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country to the state.
Craig Corn, a former chairman who serves on the tribe's governing body, will be attending the first-ever Tribal Marijuana Conference next week.
The Department of Justice policy does not provide a complete legal foundation for tribal commercial marijuana enterprises.
Local authorities have questioned the legality of the operation but the tribe's partners are vowing to move forward.
Chairman Darrell Seki Sr. is warning that the process will move slowly.
The charges stem from a dispute over the disenrollment policies of the Tyme Maidu Tribe.
Tribes are doing better at implementing sex offender registries than state governments, eight years after the bill became law.
The tribe provided free food and offered prizes at an election day wrap-up party.
Tanya H. Lee writes about the history of federal Indian law and policy leading up to the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
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, 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...
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...
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...
"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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The state of Washington can assert criminal jurisdiction over a smokeshop located in Indian Country, the Washington Supreme Court ruled.
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...
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...
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...