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Cronkite News: Tribes are slowly reclaiming authority over their homelands
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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.

Pine Ridge family still grieving after crash claims lives of mother and 14-year-old son
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Pine Ridge family still grieving after crash claims lives of mother and 14-year-old son (April 19, 2018)

On February 23, Lynell Morrison-Cash and her son Waylon, 14, died when their car was struck head-on in Nebraska.

Native Sun News Today: Non-Native mother accused of abducting her child from reservation
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Native Sun News Today: Non-Native mother accused of abducting her child from reservation (April 13, 2018)

A non-Native mother walked into a first grade class and took her biological child against the custody terms issued through the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence
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Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence (April 10, 2018)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have had particularly interesting experiences as they hold non-Indians accountable for domestic violence.

Cronkite News: Tribes assert authority in domestic violence cases
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Cronkite News: Tribes assert authority in domestic violence cases (March 30, 2018)

A five-year-old law that let Native American tribes prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases 'has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal criminal jurisdiction in the modern era,' according to a new report.

'Creepy' Eastern Cherokee bail bondsman pleads guilty for abuse
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'Creepy' Eastern Cherokee bail bondsman pleads guilty for abuse (March 28, 2018)

An Eastern Cherokee bail bondsman who victimized women on the reservation is facing prison time.

Miccosukee Tribe ties child welfare case to violence against women
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Miccosukee Tribe ties child welfare case to violence against women (March 28, 2018)

The Miccosukee Tribe is defending its handling of a child welfare case that has drawn national attention.

Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill
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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.

Miccosukee Tribe accused of 'kidnap' after baby taken at hospital
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Miccosukee Tribe accused of 'kidnap' after baby taken at hospital (March 22, 2018)

The Miccosukee Tribe is under fire after taking a newborn from her parents due to allegations of abuse.

Tribes cite progress since passage of Violence Against Women Act
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Tribes cite progress since passage of Violence Against Women Act (March 20, 2018)

Prior to enactment of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013, tribes lacked authority to prosecute non-Indians who abused their partners.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation moves court system into new home
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Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation moves court system into new home (March 1, 2018)

With so many people visiting the tribal complex each year, the new court space should alleviate congestion for both employees and tribal citizens.

Northern Cheyenne Tribe returns ousted leader to office with new vote
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Northern Cheyenne Tribe returns ousted leader to office with new vote (February 22, 2018)

L. Jace Killsback has returned to office as president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe amid political and legal drama.

Yurok Tribe hosts screening of film focused on traditional justice
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Yurok Tribe hosts screening of film focused on traditional justice (February 12, 2018)

Attendees of the National Congress of American Indians winter meeting will learn more about traditional forms of justice as part of an event hosted by the Yurok Tribe.

Two tribes bring in women for top positions in their court systems
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Two tribes bring in women for top positions in their court systems (January 25, 2018)

Women hold the top judicial positions in two tribes, the Navajo Nation and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court
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Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court (January 17, 2018)

The opioid epidemic has hit Indian Country hard and tribes are looking for ways to hold drug companies accountable by going to court.

Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe banishes meth dealer
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Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe banishes meth dealer (December 21, 2017)

Methamphetamine use has been an epidemic on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota for the past decade.

Federal judge who questioned 'Indian blood' and tribal courts resigns due to sexual harassment
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Federal judge who questioned 'Indian blood' and tribal courts resigns due to sexual harassment (December 18, 2017)

A prominent federal judge who has questioned whether certain criminal laws should be based on 'Indian blood' and whether tribal courts are fair is resigning after being repeatedly accused of sexual harassment.

Cherokee Nation seeks to hold drug companies accountable for opioid epidemic
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Cherokee Nation seeks to hold drug companies accountable for opioid epidemic (December 18, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation is attempting to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for the opioid epidemic in northeastern Oklahoma but the tribe's lawsuit may never get off the ground.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe wins state court recognition of ruling against non-Indians
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Coeur d'Alene Tribe wins state court recognition of ruling against non-Indians (November 6, 2017)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is welcoming a new court decision that recognizes judgments from its judicial system.

Pawnee Nation seeks earthquake damages from energy companies in tribal court
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Pawnee Nation seeks earthquake damages from energy companies in tribal court (November 2, 2017)

The Pawnee Nation is attempting to hold the energy industry accountable for damage suffered during a 2016 earthquake.

Ak-Chin Indian Community citizen secures decision in favor of marriage equality
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Ak-Chin Indian Community citizen secures decision in favor of marriage equality (October 26, 2017)

The Ak-Chin Indian Community is accepting a ruling that requires the tribe to recognize all marriages.

Eastern Cherokee council complete after second round of voting for one seat
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Eastern Cherokee council complete after second round of voting for one seat (October 12, 2017)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a complete council after a second round of voting took place for one disputed seat.

Non-Indian parents file lawsuit to halt transfer of child custody cases to tribes
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Non-Indian parents file lawsuit to halt transfer of child custody cases to tribes (October 11, 2017)

Two non-Indian parents filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the state of Minnesota from transferring Indian child custody cases to tribes.

Supreme Court puts end to case challenging Colorado River Indian Tribes lease
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Supreme Court puts end to case challenging Colorado River Indian Tribes lease (October 10, 2017)

It looks like a long-running lease dispute between the Colorado River Indian Tribes and a non-Indian tenant is finally over.

Cronkite News: 'Tribal Justice' documentary highlights issues facing tribal courts
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Cronkite News: 'Tribal Justice' documentary highlights issues facing tribal courts (October 2, 2017)

Law students, professors and tribal members gathered recently at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law in downtown Phoenix to watch the new documentary 'Tribal Justice.'

Yerington Paiute Tribe sues owners of abandoned mine for millions of dollars
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Yerington Paiute Tribe sues owners of abandoned mine for millions of dollars (September 8, 2017)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe is trying to hold the prior owners of an abandoned copper mine in Nevada accountable for polluting the environment.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe wins court ruling in long-running disenrollment dispute
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Saginaw Chippewa Tribe wins court ruling in long-running disenrollment dispute (August 30, 2017)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe will be able to remove 65 people from the rolls thanks to a decision from its court system.

Appeals court affirms conviction in Northern Cheyenne Tribe manslaughter case
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Appeals court affirms conviction in Northern Cheyenne Tribe manslaughter case (August 22, 2017)

A citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe can be prosecuted by tribal and federal authorities for the same crime because they are separate sovereigns, a federal appeals court ruled.

Crow Tribe votes on potential changes to constitution despite court decision
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Crow Tribe votes on potential changes to constitution despite court decision (August 16, 2017)

A power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of the Crow Tribe is playing out in the judicial system on the reservation.

Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system
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Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system (August 10, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation is ready to proceed with a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, the tribe's top legal official said.

Ex-leader of North Dakota tribe ordered to return nearly $3 million in royalties
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Ex-leader of North Dakota tribe ordered to return nearly $3 million in royalties (August 3, 2017)

A former chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is giving up nearly $3 million after being mistakenly overpaid by an energy developer on his tribe's reservation

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation battles opioid epidemic among our people
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Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation battles opioid epidemic among our people (August 2, 2017)

The opioid epidemic is ripping apart families, straining our tribal resources and wreaking havoc across the Cherokee Nation.

Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma
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Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma (July 25, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation is defending its right to pursue drug companies and drug stores for flooding its homeland with prescription opioids.

Bishop Paiute Tribe can proceed with sovereignty complaint against county
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Bishop Paiute Tribe can proceed with sovereignty complaint against county (July 19, 2017)

The Bishop Paiute Tribe is returning to federal court to face off against a longtime nemesis in California.

Ute Tribe hails decision requiring non-Indian officers to return to court on reservation
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Ute Tribe hails decision requiring non-Indian officers to return to court on reservation (July 12, 2017)

Thanks to a federal court ruling, the Ute Tribe is finally hoping to secure some justice for the death of one of its young citizens.

Bureau of Indian Affairs officers can't be sued for arresting non-Indian in Montana
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Bureau of Indian Affairs officers can't be sued for arresting non-Indian in Montana (July 12, 2017)

A non-Indian woman who contested the jurisdiction of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has lost another lawsuit.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation welcomes decision in school jurisdiction case
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Cronkite News: Navajo Nation welcomes decision in school jurisdiction case (June 29, 2017)

A federal appeals court ruled that the Navajo Nation Labor Commission can decide a labor dispute between school districts and their employees on Navajo land.

Appeals court ruling opens door for tribal jurisdiction over public schools
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Appeals court ruling opens door for tribal jurisdiction over public schools (June 28, 2017)

Two public school districts in Arizona have lost their challenge to the Navajo Nation's sovereignty.

Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
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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.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports first jury conviction of non-Indian offender
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Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports first jury conviction of non-Indian offender (May 24, 2017)

A non-Indian man awaits sentencing for an incident involving his wife, a tribal citizen.

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation opens public safety complex
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Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation opens public safety complex (May 10, 2017)

The North Dakota-based tribe financed the $17.2 million facility with mineral royalties and taxes.

Patrick Sullivan: 'Inherent' tribal court jurisdiction still up in the air
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Patrick Sullivan: 'Inherent' tribal court jurisdiction still up in the air (May 2, 2017)

Will Inherent Tribal Court Authority Over Non-Members Survive Dollar General?

Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisis
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Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisis (April 20, 2017)

The tribe is suing the largest drug companies and drug stores in the United States in tribal court.

Navajo Nation prevails in dispute over self-determination contract
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Navajo Nation prevails in dispute over self-determination contract (April 4, 2017)

The tribe sought $17 million to fund its judicial branch but the Bureau of Indian Affairs awarded only $1.3 million.

Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power'
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Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power' (April 4, 2017)

A dispute tied to the ouster of more than 300 people from the rolls is simmering in federal court.

Harold Monteau: Tribal governments are abusing their own people
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Harold Monteau: Tribal governments are abusing their own people (March 23, 2017)

Recent corruption and Civil Rights abuse of Indians means an Indian Civil Rights Act refresher may be needed.

Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe
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Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe (January 31, 2017)

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) has refused to say whether he will defend the tribal jurisdiction provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.

Agreement in allows Alaska tribe to prosecute low-level offenses
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Agreement in allows Alaska tribe to prosecute low-level offenses (January 11, 2017)

The Anvik Tribe will develop culturally-appropriate punishments for those who choose to go through its system.

Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdiction
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Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdiction (January 11, 2017)

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) refused to repudiate his opposition to tribal jurisdiction despite acknowledging that non-Indians contribute to high rates of crime.

Lakota Country Times: Bureau of Indian Affairs seizes Oglala citizen's cattle again
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Lakota Country Times: Bureau of Indian Affairs seizes Oglala citizen's cattle again (December 15, 2016)

One Oglala Lakota rancher believes that his right to due process has been undermined by the Bureau of Indian Affairs' refusal to adhere to a tribal court ruling.

Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribes
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Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribes (December 9, 2016)

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice to head the Department of the Interior.

Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollment
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Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollment (November 17, 2016)

Despite warnings from the federal agency, the tribe has started removing more than 300 people from the rolls.

Gabe Galanda: Every tribe should be troubled by disenrollments
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Gabe Galanda: Every tribe should be troubled by disenrollments (November 17, 2016)

'The disenrollment club is one club you don’t want your tribe to join.'

Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendum
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Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendum (November 10, 2016)

The referendum came after the Bureau of Indian Affairs said it would not recognize any actions taken by the tribal council due to a lack of a quorum.

Grand Ronde Tribes seek new judges after losing disenrollment dispute
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Grand Ronde Tribes seek new judges after losing disenrollment dispute (November 8, 2016)

The Oregon tribe is replacing three judges whose last ruling put an end to a long-running disenrollment dispute.

Shingle Springs Band asserts jurisdiction in child welfare dispute
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Shingle Springs Band asserts jurisdiction in child welfare dispute (October 31, 2016)

Another Indian Child Welfare Act battle is brewing in California.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issues
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Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issues (October 20, 2016)

The Michigan tribe earlier this year lowered the annual payment to $60,000 for most adults.

Bureau of Indian Affairs questions Nooksack Tribe's government
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Bureau of Indian Affairs questions Nooksack Tribe's government (October 18, 2016)

The agency won't recognize any actions taken by the council, a decision that affects a disenrollment dispute on the reservation.

Nooksack Tribe creates new court and puts chairman in charge
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Nooksack Tribe creates new court and puts chairman in charge (October 14, 2016)

Chief Justice Bob Kelly is reviewing a disenrollment lawsuit in which he is named as a defendant.

White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girls
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White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girls (October 13, 2016)

Top officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico are working to address high levels of violence.