More: tribal courts

'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate
'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate (November 21, 2019)

Efforts to protect Native women and children from violence and to address the crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked Native Americans are being thrust into fresh partisan rancor on Capitol Hill.


Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women
Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women (November 19, 2019)

With expanded protections for Native women and children still in doubt on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers are advancing legislation to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in tribal communities.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win regulatory case on hazardous waste storage
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win regulatory case on hazardous waste storage (November 18, 2019)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are in a long-running dispute with a non-Indian company that refuses to pay for the storage of hazardous waste.


Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress
Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress (November 13, 2019)

Native women leaders continue to make history in the halls of Congress.


Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity
Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity (October 9, 2019)

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.


RECAP: Sovereignty and Native Women's Safety at US Capitol
RECAP: Sovereignty and Native Women's Safety at US Capitol (September 17, 2019)

Native women rallied at the U.S. Capitol to honor survivors of violence and to push for renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.


Appeals court decision affirms tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians
Appeals court decision affirms tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (August 29, 2019)

Tribes can serve protection orders against non-Indians due to their 'inherent' sovereignty, a federal appeals court ruled, addressing an issue being raised on the road to the White House.


Spirit Lake Nation jurisdiction bill about to clear first hurdle in Congress
Spirit Lake Nation jurisdiction bill about to clear first hurdle in Congress (July 24, 2019)

A bill to repeal a termination-era law that affects citizens of the Spirit Lake Nation is being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux council member arrested on drug charges
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux council member arrested on drug charges (July 18, 2019)

Cora White Horse has faced no action so far from the Oglala Sioux Tribe after being accused of distributing prescription drugs.


Native Sun News Today: Activists hold out hope for troubled Indian hospital
Native Sun News Today: Activists hold out hope for troubled Indian hospital (June 27, 2019)

Urban Indian patients are hoping to reach the leader of the Indian Health Service before tribes assume control of the Sioux San Hospital in South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Native family loses custody of boy to non-Natives
Native Sun News Today: Native family loses custody of boy to non-Natives (June 26, 2019)

A family court decision in Pine Ridge in October 2017 failed to keep a boy in the home that he was being raised in.


Supreme Court makes Indian Country wait for decision in closely-watched case
Supreme Court makes Indian Country wait for decision in closely-watched case (June 24, 2019)

Is the nation's highest court on Indian time? It sure looks like it, judging by the wait for a decision in a highly-anticipated case.


Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case
Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case (June 18, 2019)

It only took 194 days for the Supreme Court to issue one sovereignty decision. Where's the other one?


A 'stolen' election? Cherokee Nation proceeds to vote without candidate David Walkingstick
A 'stolen' election? Cherokee Nation proceeds to vote without candidate David Walkingstick (May 29, 2019)

Citizens of the Cherokee Nation are choosing a new leader but one of the leading candidates won't be on the June 1 ballot.


Decision on Cherokee Nation chief candidate comes down to the wire
Decision on Cherokee Nation chief candidate comes down to the wire (May 27, 2019)

Voters of the Cherokee Nation are going to the polls in a matter of days as a key candidate fights to stay on the ballot.


Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress
Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress (May 22, 2019)

A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.


Cherokee Nation chief candidate David Walkingstick fights to stay in race
Cherokee Nation chief candidate David Walkingstick fights to stay in race (May 20, 2019)

Citizens of the Cherokee Nation are choosing a new leader in less than two weeks.


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe becomes second to legalize marijuana in Michigan
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe becomes second to legalize marijuana in Michigan (April 18, 2019)

Adult citizens of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians can use marijuana and grow small amounts under a new law.


Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket
Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket (April 15, 2019)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's sovereign boundaries and the Crow Tribe's treaty rights are at stake before the highest court in the land.


'A leader in Indian Country': Bay Mills Indian Community legalizes recreational marijuana
'A leader in Indian Country': Bay Mills Indian Community legalizes recreational marijuana (April 10, 2019)

The Bay Mills Indian Community is the first tribe in Michigan to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.


Parents of Miccosukee child continue to press lawsuit over removal from hospital
Parents of Miccosukee child continue to press lawsuit over removal from hospital (February 19, 2019)

Citizens and officials of the Miccosukee Tribe are being sued in connection with a child welfare dispute that drew national attention last year.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota woman's death remains unresolved years later
Native Sun News Today: Lakota woman's death remains unresolved years later (January 28, 2019)

Family members of Jessie Renae Waters want answers for her death on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon
Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon (January 8, 2019)

The nation's highest court has delivered good news to tribes whose sovereign rights were being challenged.


Native Sun News Today: Battle continues over urban Indian hospital
Native Sun News Today: Battle continues over urban Indian hospital (December 20, 2018)

Native activists are trying to stop three tribes from taking over management of an Indian Health Service facility in South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal takeover of troubled hospital questioned
Native Sun News Today: Tribal takeover of troubled hospital questioned (November 30, 2018)

Three Sioux tribes continue to face questions about their efforts to manage an Indian Health Service facility.


Native Sun News Today: Activists question tribal takeover of hospital
Native Sun News Today: Activists question tribal takeover of hospital (November 21, 2018)

Three tribes are seeking to manage a troubled Indian Health Service facility but some of their citizens are questioning the move.


Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo (November 2, 2018)

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is the latest to comply with the Violence Against Women Act, which recognizes the 'inherent' authority of tribes.


'Open letter' with names of Native survivors roils Senate race
'Open letter' with names of Native survivors roils Senate race (October 17, 2018)

A campaign ad featuring the names of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape has Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on the defensive.


Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases
Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases (October 9, 2018)

Opposition in Indian Country wasn't enough to derail President Trump's controversial nominee to the Supreme Court.


Church won't apologize for taking Indian children from their homes
Church won't apologize for taking Indian children from their homes (September 24, 2018)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has settled sexual abuse lawsuits that had been filed in tribal court.


Deleana OtherBull: Native women deserve to be safe
Deleana OtherBull: Native women deserve to be safe (September 18, 2018)

Native women are 10 times more likely to be murdered than any other ethnicity, and Native women face domestic and sexual violence at disproportionately high levels.


Chairman of Crow Tribe avoids arrest in dispute with judicial branch
Chairman of Crow Tribe avoids arrest in dispute with judicial branch (September 10, 2018)

Alvin 'A.J.' Not Afraid, the chairman of the Crow Tribe, no longer has to worry about being arrested.


Chairman of Crow Tribe ordered arrested in dispute with judicial branch
Chairman of Crow Tribe ordered arrested in dispute with judicial branch (September 7, 2018)

The Crow Tribe hasn't paid judicial branch employees and a judge is seeking action.


A grandmother speaks in court: 'You beat him to death'
A grandmother speaks in court: 'You beat him to death' (July 26, 2018)

Patty Shangreaux addressed her grandson's murder with the dignity of a grandmother and the pain only a victim can convey.


'I abuse myself every day': Lakota mother sentenced for death of son
'I abuse myself every day': Lakota mother sentenced for death of son (July 26, 2018)

Kylen Shangreaux died after being returned to the care of his mother on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.


Charges filed for deaths of Lakota mother and her 14-year-old son
Charges filed for deaths of Lakota mother and her 14-year-old son (July 9, 2018)

A driver is facing just a year in jail for a crash that took the lives of Lynell Morrison-Cash and her son, Waylon, 14.


Turtle Talk: Justice Kennedy was terrible for Indian Country
Turtle Talk: Justice Kennedy was terrible for Indian Country (June 29, 2018)

Of 55 Indian law cases decided by the Supreme Court between 1988 and 2018 Anthony Kennedy ruled against tribes a whopping 80 percent of the time.


Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close
Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close (June 25, 2018)

The nation's highest court won't be letting Indian Country rest over the summer.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect Native women and children
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect Native women and children (June 18, 2018)

Native women suffer from violent crime at some of the highest rates in the United States.


Supreme Court delays action for ninth time in Indian Country violence case
Supreme Court delays action for ninth time in Indian Country violence case (June 5, 2018)

The Supreme Court has once again delayed action in an Indian Country violence case that few believe has a chance at being heard.


Grandmother sues after Bureau of Indian Affairs took kids from reservation
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Grandmother sues after Bureau of Indian Affairs took kids from reservation (May 30, 2018)

A non-Indian woman is suing the federal government after her grandchildren were taken from her by Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers.


Supreme Court delays action yet again on Indian Country violence case
Supreme Court delays action yet again on Indian Country violence case (May 29, 2018)

The Supreme Court has had a busy few months dealing with Indian law cases but one petition seems to be troubling the justices a bit.


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.


Pine Ridge family still grieving after crash claims lives of mother and 14-year-old son
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 for the past decade.


Federal judge who questioned 'Indian blood' and tribal courts resigns due to sexual harassment
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
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.