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Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-IndiansFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (01/10)
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 tribesFiled Under: Law | National
Justice Department opens criminal databases to more tribes (10/26)
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 programFiled Under: Law | National
Tribes gain access to federal criminal databases with pilot program (08/02)
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 peopleFiled Under: National | Politics
Republican who goes against tribes credits 'civilization' to White people (07/19)
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) questioned whether non-Whites have contributed to advances in society.
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ask state to give up jurisdictional roleFiled Under: Law | National
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ask state to give up jurisdictional role (07/18)
The state assumed authority under Public Law 280 more than 50 years ago.
Mille Lacs Band slams county for ending law enforcement dealFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Mille Lacs Band slams county for ending law enforcement deal (06/30)
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 billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill (06/22)
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 meetingFiled Under: Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (06/20)
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 sovereigntyFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty (06/14)
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 systemFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system (06/13)
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 burnedFiled Under: Law | National
Crow Tribe demands justice after woman was found badly burned (06/13)
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 nomineesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump releases list of potential Supreme Court nominees (05/18)
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 traffickingFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Fort Peck Tribes in 'crisis mode' over drugs and sex trafficking (05/18)
Chairman Floyd Azure said women and girls on the Montana reservation are selling themselves for drugs.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issuesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues (05/17)
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 billsFiled Under: Politics
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on three bills (05/16)
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 crimeFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Kevin Washburn: Empower tribes to prosecute reservation crime (05/11)
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 violenceFiled Under: Opinion
Jennifer Denetdale: Navajo Nation commission examines gender violence (05/05)
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 systemsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems (04/19)
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 ActFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate committee hosts roundtable on Tribal Law and Order Act (02/24)
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 ActFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate committee to host roundtable on Tribal Law and Order Act (02/08)
The committee will discuss ways to improve justice systems in Indian Country.
Meskwaki Tribe moves closer to removing state from jurisdictionFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Meskwaki Tribe moves closer to removing state from jurisdiction (01/21)
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 addressFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Mille Lacs Band kept outsiders from State of the Band address (01/13)
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 reservationFiled Under: Law | National
Mille Lacs Band hails return of federal jurisdiction on reservation (01/12)
Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin said the decision will help the tribe combat drugs and gangs.
Tulalip Tribes man sentenced to two years for illegal firearmsFiled Under: Law | National
Tulalip Tribes man sentenced to two years for illegal firearms (01/11)
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 reportsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reports (12/03)
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 2010Filed Under: Law | Politics
Witnesses for SCIA hearing on Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (12/01)
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 2010Filed Under: Law | Politics
Senate committee to examine Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (11/19)
The law was the first significant Indian Country crime bill enacted by Congress in decades.
Tribes to access criminal databases with DOJ pilot projectFiled Under: Law | National
Tribes to access criminal databases with DOJ pilot project (11/06)
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 justiceFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation now requires law degree for top chief justice (11/04)
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 orderFiled Under: Law | National
Tulalip Tribes man convicted for buying guns despite court order (09/30)
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 orderFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Tulalip Tribes man on trial for acquiring guns despite court order (09/23)
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 conferenceFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Southern Ute Tribe hosts top DOJ officials at crime conference (08/27)
The 23rd annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference is underway in Colorado.
DOJ moves to implement key part of Tribal Law and Order ActFiled Under: Law | National | Technology
DOJ moves to implement key part of Tribal Law and Order Act (08/20)
Tribes have been seeking access to national criminal information databases for years.
Maine tribes denied seat at table in law enforcement mattersFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Maine tribes denied seat at table in law enforcement matters (08/04)
The state is home to five federally recognized tribes but officials and politicians sometimes act as if they don't exist.
Man from Tulalip Tribes pleads not guilty to new gun chargesFiled Under: Law | National
Man from Tulalip Tribes pleads not guilty to new gun charges (07/24)
Raymond Lee Fryberg Jr allegedly made repeated visits to a store on the reservation and purchased firearms.
DOJ seeks to open criminal databases to tribal governmentsFiled Under: Law | National | Technology
DOJ seeks to open criminal databases to tribal governments (07/17)
Five years later, a key provision of the Tribal Law and Order Act has not been fully implemented.
Navajo Nation woman sentenced to year for death of daughterFiled Under: Law | National
Navajo Nation woman sentenced to year for death of daughter (07/16)
The sentence for the death of 2-year-old Kiara Harvey was limited by the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.
Ambassador Harper discusses violence against indigenous womenFiled Under: Law | National | World
Ambassador Harper discusses violence against indigenous women (07/09)
Ambassador Keith Harper and former White House aide Jodi Gillette participate in a discussion at the session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Appropriations bill adds $10M for tribal courts in PL280 statesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Appropriations bill adds $10M for tribal courts in PL280 states (07/01)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said the money will help tribes strengthen their justice systems.
Senate votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as next attorney generalFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as next attorney general (04/24)
The federal prosecutor from New York is the first African American woman to lead the Department of Justice.
Senate to vote on long-delayed Attorney General nominationFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Senate to vote on long-delayed Attorney General nomination (04/22)
If confirmed, Loretta Lynch would be the first African American woman to lead the Department of Justice.
Tribes seek access to criminal system in child placement casesFiled Under: Law | National
Tribes seek access to criminal system in child placement cases (04/20)
The state of Washington will no longer provide criminal background check information to tribes.
Man from Tulalip Tribes enters not guilty plea to firearms chargeFiled Under: Law | National
Man from Tulalip Tribes enters not guilty plea to firearms charge (04/17)
Raymond Lee Fryberg is accused of unlawfully acquiring five firearms, including the one used in a fatal school shooting last October.
County still lacks record of order in Tulalip Tribes domestic caseFiled Under: Law | National
County still lacks record of order in Tulalip Tribes domestic case (04/08)
The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 was supposed to address sharing of tribal data but the law has not been fully implemented.
Tribal courts seek greater access to state and federal systemsFiled Under: Law | National
Tribal courts seek greater access to state and federal systems (04/06)
Tribes can access the National Instant Criminal Background Check System but can't submit data despite the requirements in the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.
Tribes in Maine face opposition to jurisdiction over non-IndiansFiled Under: Law | National
Tribes in Maine face opposition to jurisdiction over non-Indians (02/24)
Attorney General Janet Mills claims the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 does not apply to tribes in the state.
Bill requires law degree to join Navajo Nation Supreme CourtFiled Under: Law
Bill requires law degree to join Navajo Nation Supreme Court (02/03)
The change could enable the court to exercise expanded authority under the Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act.
Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenureFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure (09/26)
From the Cobell settlement to tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice led a dramatic shift in the federal-Indian relationship.
Interview with Sarah Deer about violence against Native womenFiled Under: Law | National
Interview with Sarah Deer about violence against Native women (09/24)
Mary Hudetz interviews attorney and professor Sarah Deer about her work to prevent violence against Native women.
Sarah Deer wins genius grant for work to protect Native womenFiled Under: Law | National
Sarah Deer wins genius grant for work to protect Native women (09/17)
The Muscogee Nation citizen's efforts led to the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act and the inclusion of tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Act.
Native Sun News: DOJ report highlights activity in Indian Country Filed Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: DOJ report highlights activity in Indian Country (09/10)
Last week the Department of Justice released a second report to congress highlighting its work in Indian Country.
Declination rates for Indian Country crime steady for third yearFiled Under: Law | National
Declination rates for Indian Country crime steady for third year (08/27)
Federal prosecutors are declining about a third of the Indian Country crime cases referred to them.
Troy Eid: Progress on improving public safety for Alaska NativesFiled Under: Opinion
Troy Eid: Progress on improving public safety for Alaska Natives (06/23)
Troy Eid, the chairman of the Indian Law and Order Commission, welcomes support for including Alaska tribes in the Violence Against Women Act.
Ambassador Harper discusses racism against Native peoplesFiled Under: National | World
Ambassador Harper discusses racism against Native peoples (06/19)
Cherokee Nation citizen cited discrimination in housing, denial of religious freedoms and high rates of violence against Native women.
Mary Hudetz: Slow moving justice for women in Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National
Mary Hudetz: Slow moving justice for women in Indian Country (06/16)
Mary Hudetz says the Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act still don't fully protect Native women from violence.
Attorney General Holder addresses Indian Country initiativesFiled Under: Law | National
Attorney General Holder addresses Indian Country initiatives (06/06)
Leader of Department of Justice spoke to tribal leaders and met with Native youth.
Highlights from Day 2 of National Congress of American IndiansFiled Under: National | Politics
Highlights from Day 2 of National Congress of American Indians (10/16)
Highlights from the Day 2 of the National Congress of American Indians 70th annual convention.
Mississippi  Choctaws  to vote on change in tribal sentencingFiled Under: Law
Mississippi Choctaws to vote on change in tribal sentencing (01/23)
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will vote on three amendments, including one that will allow the tribe to impose longer jail sentences. The tribe currently limits sentences to six...
GAO conducting study of IHS for Tribal Law and Order ActFiled Under: Health | Law | National
GAO conducting study of IHS for Tribal Law and Order Act (04/14)
Pursuant to the Tribal Law and Order Act, the Government Accountability Office is conducting a review of the Indian Health Service. The GAO will study the capabilities of IHS facilities...
President Obama names 3 to Indian Law and Order CommissionFiled Under: Law | Politics
President Obama names 3 to Indian Law and Order Commission (01/19)
President Barack Obama appointed three people to the new Indian Law and Order Commission, which was established by the Tribal Law and Order Act. Ted Quasula, a member of the...

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