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Bill John Baker: The Not Invisible Act is vital to the safety of Native women
Bill John Baker: The Not Invisible Act is vital to the safety of Native women (May 8, 2019)

Every Cherokee woman - every American Indian woman for that matter - has the absolute right to feel safe.


Violence Against Women Act brings parity to tribes with settlement acts in Maine
Violence Against Women Act brings parity to tribes with settlement acts in Maine (April 4, 2019)

Tribes in Maine will finally be able to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians thanks to a bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act.


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.


Cronkite News: Attention finally being paid to missing and murdered sisters
Cronkite News: Attention finally being paid to missing and murdered sisters (March 6, 2019)

One day they were there and the next they weren’t. No one talked about the Native women and girls who simply disappeared.


Republicans attempt to isolate lawmaker with history of racial statements
Republicans attempt to isolate lawmaker with history of racial statements (January 16, 2019)

Native advocates have long questioned Steve King's priorities. Now Republicans are turning against him.


Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo (December 7, 2018)

The Violence Against Women Act remains mired in partisan politics but tribes continue to utilize the law to protect their communities.


High Country News: It's business as usual for crime on tribal lands
High Country News: It's business as usual for crime on tribal lands (November 29, 2018)

Federal prosecutors in Indian Country declined a third of referred cases in 2017, a quarter of which were sexual assault cases.


Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case
Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case (November 27, 2018)

The Trump administration's disjointed treatment of Indian Country was on full display as Native American Heritage Month came to a close.


'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.


Associated Press runs series on 'Missing in Indian Country'
Associated Press runs series on 'Missing in Indian Country' (September 5, 2018)

Indigenous women and girls are going missing and murdered at alarming rates.


Prominent Indian Country attorney reassigned after #MeToo allegations
Prominent Indian Country attorney reassigned after #MeToo allegations (August 31, 2018)

Native women are coming forward with complaints about their treatment at the National Congress of American Indians.


Cronkite News: Tribes are slowly reclaiming authority over their homelands
Cronkite News: Tribes are slowly reclaiming authority over their homelands (May 9, 2018)

For decades, tribal law enforcement had to refer serious crime to federal or state agencies with scant resources – and little interest, critics say – to investigate those crimes.


Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters
Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters (April 26, 2018)

Efforts continue in the nation's capital to raise awareness of the large numbers of Native women and girls who go missing and murdered every year.


Mary Annette Pember: Falling short on protecting Native women
Mary Annette Pember: Falling short on protecting Native women (March 12, 2018)

Proponents remain hopeful about the future and the potential for the Tribal Law and Order Act and other legislation to help Native women.


Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill
Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)

A controversial bill is a threat to tribal sovereignty, the leader of the National Congress of American Indians said.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds meeting for busy week
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds meeting for busy week (February 12, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will advance a bill to compensate the Spokane Tribe and another to update the Tribal Law and Order Act at a business meeting.


Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country
Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country (December 18, 2017)

The Department of Justice isn't doing enough to improve public safety in Indian Country, seven years after the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act.


Navajo Nation gains access to national criminal data with Obama-era program
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Navajo Nation gains access to national criminal data with Obama-era program (November 21, 2017)

The Navajo Nation has joined the small but growing list of tribes with access to national criminal databases.


Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice
Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice (October 26, 2017)

The last time the Department of Justice went before Congress to discuss Indian issues, the affair didn't go so well.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on public safety measures
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on public safety measures (October 24, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on public safety with bills to address victim services, human trafficking and missing and murdered women.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures (October 19, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is moving quickly on legislation to address pressing public safety and justice issues in tribal communities.


Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women
Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women (October 5, 2017)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is seeking to bring justice to missing and murdered Native women with a new bill named in honor of a citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally killed.


Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism
Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism (October 3, 2017)

The Trump administration announced another round of Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism on Capitol Hill about its commitments to the first Americans.


Department of Justice invites more tribes to gain access to criminal databases
Department of Justice invites more tribes to gain access to criminal databases (August 17, 2017)

The Department of Justice is expanding a program that gives tribes access to federal criminal databases.


North Dakota tribal organization passes on #NoDAPL foe with endorsement
North Dakota tribal organization passes on #NoDAPL foe with endorsement (July 28, 2017)

Despite tribal complaints, Drew Wrigley, who called Dakota Access Pipeline opponents 'unlawful,' appears poised to secure the top federal prosecutor's spot in North Dakota.


Fort Peck Tribes finally gain access to federal criminal databases
Fort Peck Tribes finally gain access to federal criminal databases (April 19, 2017)

Law enforcement on the reservation in Montana believe the information will help them address drug trafficking and other crimes.


Attorney General Sessions vows help for public safety in Indian Country
Attorney General Sessions vows help for public safety in Indian Country (April 18, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of Justice is heeding calls to pay more attention to high rates of crime in Indian Country.


Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women hosts summit
Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women hosts summit (March 29, 2017)

Attendees will focus on ways to address violence against Native women and Native children.


Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (January 10, 2017)

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) was forced to admit that he opposed landmark provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.


Justice Department opens criminal databases to more tribes
Justice Department opens criminal databases to more tribes (October 26, 2016)

A key provision of the Tribal Law and Order Act is still being implemented by the Obama administration.


Tribes gain access to federal criminal databases with pilot program
Tribes gain access to federal criminal databases with pilot program (August 2, 2016)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe pf Arizona will be entering orders of protection and domestic violence criminal convictions into a key national system.


Republican who goes against tribes credits 'civilization' to White people
Republican who goes against tribes credits 'civilization' to White people (July 19, 2016)

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) questioned whether non-Whites have contributed to advances in society.


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.


Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill (June 22, 2016)

Only a handful of tribes have entered the marijuana industry but Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) wants to punish them by cutting off their federal funds.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (June 20, 2016)

Bills to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians, improve law and order in Indian Country and boost tribal participation on federal forest lands are on the agenda.


Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty
Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty (June 14, 2016)

Native women and their advocates call the unanimous ruling an important step in their quest for justice in Indian Country.


Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system
Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system (June 13, 2016)

A unanimous decision from the nation's highest court ensures that Native women in all states can be protected by a federal law that was written to address high rates of violence in tribal communities.


Crow Tribe demands justice after woman was found badly burned
Crow Tribe demands justice after woman was found badly burned (June 13, 2016)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs aren't saying much about the brutal attack.


Donald Trump releases list of potential Supreme Court nominees
Donald Trump releases list of potential Supreme Court nominees (May 18, 2016)

Allison H. Eid doesn't have much of a record on Indian issues at the Colorado Supreme Court but her husband is well known for his advocacy efforts.


Fort Peck Tribes in 'crisis mode' over drugs and sex trafficking
Fort Peck Tribes in 'crisis mode' over drugs and sex trafficking (May 18, 2016)

Chairman Floyd Azure said women and girls on the Montana reservation are selling themselves for drugs.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues (May 17, 2016)

Two landmark tribal justice laws have made a significant impact in Indian Country in the last six years and key members of Congress are looking to build on those gains.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on three bills
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on three bills (May 16, 2016)

The committee will take testimony on bills to expand tribal jurisdiction, reauthorize the Tribal Law and Order Act and address leasing issues for a New Mexico tribe.


Kevin Washburn: Empower tribes to prosecute reservation crime
Kevin Washburn: Empower tribes to prosecute reservation crime (May 11, 2016)

The remnants of colonization are strong. It will take years to undo. But the solution to this problem is tribal self-governance.


Jennifer Denetdale: Navajo Nation commission examines gender violence
Jennifer Denetdale: Navajo Nation commission examines gender violence (May 5, 2016)

Violence on tribal nations has its roots in colonization and it has taken new forms under capitalism and neoliberalism.


Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems
Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems (April 19, 2016)

A brief that tried to raise doubts about courts in Indian Country is being called an attack on sovereignty and self-determination.


Senate committee hosts roundtable on Tribal Law and Order Act
Senate committee hosts roundtable on Tribal Law and Order Act (February 24, 2016)

Three panels will discuss ways to improve justice systems in Indian Country by focusing on law enforcement, courts and re-entry and recidivism.


Senate committee to host roundtable on Tribal Law and Order Act
Senate committee to host roundtable on Tribal Law and Order Act (February 8, 2016)

The committee will discuss ways to improve justice systems in Indian Country.


Meskwaki Tribe moves closer to removing state from jurisdiction
Meskwaki Tribe moves closer to removing state from jurisdiction (January 21, 2016)

The state of Iowa could relinquish authority over crimes committed by tribal members on the Meskwaki Settlement.


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.


Tulalip Tribes man sentenced to two years for illegal firearms
Tulalip Tribes man sentenced to two years for illegal firearms (January 11, 2016)

Raymond Lee Fryberg was able to buy firearms because the tribe's domestic violence protection order was never entered into a national criminal database


Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reports
Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reports (December 3, 2015)

The Department of Justice sent an investigation and prosecution report to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee less than one hour before a hearing on the Tribal Law and Order Act.


Witnesses for SCIA hearing on Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010
Witnesses for SCIA hearing on Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (December 1, 2015)

Three federal officials and one tribal leader will testify about justice systems in Indian Country.


Senate committee to examine Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010
Senate committee to examine Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (November 19, 2015)

The law was the first significant Indian Country crime bill enacted by Congress in decades.


Tribes to access criminal databases with DOJ pilot project
Tribes to access criminal databases with DOJ pilot project (November 6, 2015)

The tribes will be gain access to national criminal databases as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.


Navajo Nation now requires law degree for top chief justice
Navajo Nation now requires law degree for top chief justice (November 4, 2015)

The Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act requires presiding judges with law degrees.


Tulalip Tribes man convicted for buying guns despite court order
Tulalip Tribes man convicted for buying guns despite court order (September 30, 2015)

Raymond Lee Fryberg was able to buy firearms because the tribe's domestic violence protection order was never entered into a national criminal database.


Tulalip Tribes man on trial for acquiring guns despite court order
Tulalip Tribes man on trial for acquiring guns despite court order (September 23, 2015)

Raymond Lee Fryberg was able to buy five firearms because the tribe's domestic violence protection order was never entered into a national criminal database.


Southern Ute Tribe hosts top DOJ officials at crime conference
Southern Ute Tribe hosts top DOJ officials at crime conference (August 27, 2015)

The 23rd annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference is underway in Colorado.