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Federal judge confirms land within reservation in New Mexico is Indian Country
Law
Federal judge confirms land within reservation in New Mexico is Indian Country (June 6, 2017)
A tribal citizen who was convicted of second-degree murder was rightfully prosecuted in federal court, a federal judge in New Mexico has concluded.

Chippewa Cree Tribe set to recover $2.5M from online lending firm
Business | Law
Chippewa Cree Tribe set to recover $2.5M from online lending firm (May 4, 2017)
The guilty pleas are the latest to emerge from a wide-ranging corruption investigation on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana.

Prosecutors announce charges against 15 for trafficking of eagles
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Prosecutors announce charges against 15 for trafficking of eagles (May 2, 2017)
Operation Dakota Flyer was a two-year, undercover investigation that could lead to even more charges.

More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country
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More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country (April 19, 2017)
Of the four federal agencies that investigate or prosecute human trafficking, three aren't required to confirm whether a victim is Native American.

Native Sun News Today: Rise in violent crime seen on Pine Ridge Reservation
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Native Sun News Today: Rise in violent crime seen on Pine Ridge Reservation (April 13, 2017)
More gun violence erupted over the weekend on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation just days after tribal, state and federal officers met to talk about combining efforts to curb gun violence on the reservation.

Native Sun News Today: Trump prosecutor purge fails to affect South Dakota
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Native Sun News Today: Trump prosecutor purge fails to affect South Dakota (March 28, 2017)
The new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly ousted 46 remaining U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama.

Navajo Nation mourning loss of police officer killed in line of duty
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Navajo Nation mourning loss of police officer killed in line of duty (March 13, 2017)
Houston James Largo, 27, was shot while responding to a domestic violence call on the New Mexico portion of the reservation.

Guilty pleas for murder and assault charges on Crow Reservation
Law
Guilty pleas for murder and assault charges on Crow Reservation (March 8, 2017)
A non-Indian man admitted he shot and killed a Crow couple and shot and wounded the couple's daughter.

Miami Nation handles reburial of remains stolen from burial site
Environment
Miami Nation handles reburial of remains stolen from burial site (March 3, 2017)
The first criminal enforcement of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in southern Ohio led to indictments against four people.

Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians
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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.

Paskenta Band hails charges against ex-treasurer and ex-employees for $6M theft
Law | Politics
Paskenta Band hails charges against ex-treasurer and ex-employees for $6M theft (January 6, 2017)
Federal authorities announced a whopping 69 charges against a former treasurer and two former employees of the California tribe.

Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths on Pine Ridge Reservation
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Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths on Pine Ridge Reservation (October 24, 2016)
Chunta Suta Win 'Annie' Colhoff-Poor Bear and Vincent Von Brewer III were killed in separate incidents that some have linked to drug trafficking.

Bureau of Indian Affairs investigates 'sacred' items kept in boxes
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Bureau of Indian Affairs investigates 'sacred' items kept in boxes (October 19, 2016)
Tribal leaders sat in shock as a non-Indian witnesses brought out cardboard boxes containing what he said were sacred items.

Eastern Cherokee chief vows cooperation with federal investigations
Law
Eastern Cherokee chief vows cooperation with federal investigations (October 12, 2016)
The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice are looking into the North Carolina tribe.

Opinion: New Mexico tribes join fight against opioid epidemic
Health | Law | Opinion
Opinion: New Mexico tribes join fight against opioid epidemic (September 21, 2016)
'It doesn’t matter where you live – East Liverpool or Washington D.C., in rural or urban America or Indian country – nearly everyone has been touched by this national epidemic.'

Former housing official for Chehalis Tribe sentenced in fraud case
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Former housing official for Chehalis Tribe sentenced in fraud case (September 2, 2016)
Hector Canales admitted that he lied about his assets in order to qualify for assistance from the tribe's housing program.

Judge grants warrant for sacred shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo
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Judge grants warrant for sacred shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo (September 1, 2016)
An auction house in France is holding on the ceremonial shield, which was taken from the New Mexico tribe sometime in the 1970s.

Lengthy sentence for murder at historic Eastern Cherokee church
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Lengthy sentence for murder at historic Eastern Cherokee church (August 17, 2016)
Tribal police helped investigate a crime that led to the 16-year sentence for the death of Tyler Britton Gaddis in March 2015.

California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands
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California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands (August 17, 2016)
Jonathan Bourne took the items -- including some from burial sites -- and kept them in his home.

Muscogee Nation brothers accused of murder in messy jurisdictional case
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Muscogee Nation brothers accused of murder in messy jurisdictional case (August 9, 2016)
The Osage Nation charged Jeremy Reece and Tyler Reece after murder charges in Oklahoma court were dismissed.

Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana case
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Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana case (August 5, 2016)
Amid widespread attention, federal prosecutors are planning to drop their case against Devontre Thomas, 19.

Native Sun News: Nine former leaders of Winnebago Tribe indicted
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Native Sun News: Nine former leaders of Winnebago Tribe indicted (August 3, 2016)
A federal grand jury has indicted nine former Winnebago Tribal Council Members, including former Chairman John Blackhawk, on charges including wire fraud, theft, conspiracy and misapplication of funds.

Federal authorities file warrant for shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo
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Federal authorities file warrant for shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo (August 2, 2016)
The Acoma Pueblo ceremonial shield is being held by an auction house in France that has made millions of dollars by selling tribal items.

Former official admits he kept tribal ancestors in garbage bags
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Former official admits he kept tribal ancestors in garbage bags (July 12, 2016)
Wounds remain open for 20 tribes whose ancestors were illegally removed from the Effigy Mounds National Monument and kept in garbage bags in a top official's garage.

Authorities find no foul play in deaths of young men at Pine Ridge
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Authorities find no foul play in deaths of young men at Pine Ridge (July 8, 2016)
Tevin Tyon, 21; Juan LaMont, 24; and Tyrell Wilson, 23, died after their car fell down a ravine, federal and tribal authorities said.

Omaha Tribe cooperates with federal investigation into payments
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Omaha Tribe cooperates with federal investigation into payments (June 27, 2016)
Several council members and some employees received $389,000 in 'incentive' payments that are now being questioned.

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe warned not to launch marijuana operation
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St. Croix Chippewa Tribe warned not to launch marijuana operation (June 24, 2016)
Growing or processing marijuana will lead to federal prosecution, U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said.

Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty
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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.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes threaten disenrollment in murder case
Law
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes threaten disenrollment in murder case (June 3, 2016)
The tribal council is calling on witnesses to come forward with information about the murder of Darrel Auck on the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho.

Former council member from Makah Nation sentenced for theft
Law
Former council member from Makah Nation sentenced for theft (May 16, 2016)
Ryland Chad Bowechop admitted that he used a tribal credit card for about $30,000 in personal expenses.

Seven accused of defrauding Oglala Sioux Tribe in bond scheme
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Seven accused of defrauding Oglala Sioux Tribe in bond scheme (May 12, 2016)
Federal authorities accused the defendants of cheating a tribal corporation and investors of more than $60 million.

Department of Justice accuses city of trespassing on Pueblo lands
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Department of Justice accuses city of trespassing on Pueblo lands (May 6, 2016)
Rights-of-way for water and sewer lines expired in 1994 and 2002 but the city of Espanola, New Mexico, has continued to use the lands without the consent of Santa Clara Pueblo.

Leader of Navajo Nation Council criticizes coverage of girl's death
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Leader of Navajo Nation Council criticizes coverage of girl's death (May 5, 2016)
Speaker LoRenzo Bates said some accounts have included unnecessary details about Ashlynne's tragic passing.

Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Reservation plagued by abuse and assault cases
Opinion
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Reservation plagued by abuse and assault cases (May 3, 2016)
In researching the United States Attorney’s website, I found there have been 11 sexual assault cases brought against men from the Rosebud Reservation since January 2016.

Man in long fight with Shingle Springs Band faces longer sentence
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Man in long fight with Shingle Springs Band faces longer sentence (April 28, 2016)
Cesar Caballero was sentenced to 60 days in a mail fraud case but never turned himself in. Now he's facing a year in prison.

Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docket
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Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docket (April 18, 2016)
US v. Bryant will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against offenders who repeatedly abuse American Indian women.

Lending firm accused of stealing $3.5M from Chippewa Cree Tribe
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Lending firm accused of stealing $3.5M from Chippewa Cree Tribe (April 13, 2016)
The case stems from a long-running investigation into corruption on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana.

Chippewa Cree Tribe yet to emerge from wide-ranging scandal
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Chippewa Cree Tribe yet to emerge from wide-ranging scandal (March 29, 2016)
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Montana has uncovered a significant number of crimes on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in the last few years.

North American Inter-Tribal Drug Task Force meets in South Dakota
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North American Inter-Tribal Drug Task Force meets in South Dakota (March 23, 2016)
Tribal leaders and federal officials will discuss substance abuse and methamphetamine issues in Indian Country.

Members of Winnebago Tribe call for indictments of ex-leaders
Law | Politics
Members of Winnebago Tribe call for indictments of ex-leaders (March 22, 2016)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have reportedly conducted interviews on the reservation.

Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence case
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Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence case (March 11, 2016)
Arguments in US v. Bryant, a case being watched closely by Native women and their advocates, will take place on April 19.

9th Circuit affirms murder conviction on Tohono O'odham Nation
Law
9th Circuit affirms murder conviction on Tohono O'odham Nation (March 10, 2016)
The non-Indian defendant questioned whether the homicide victim was 'Indian' in what the appeals court said was a question of first impression.

Five people charged for selling fraudulent Native artworks in Alaska
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Five people charged for selling fraudulent Native artworks in Alaska (March 7, 2016)
In one case, a shop owners allegedly admitted that an item marketed as Native was produced by someone in Cambodia.

Bundy family members finally charged for 2014 armed standoff
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Bundy family members finally charged for 2014 armed standoff (February 18, 2016)
Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy and two of their supporters were indicted for taking up arms against federal officers in Nevada.

Armed occupiers dug road and latrine near tribal sites at refuge
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Armed occupiers dug road and latrine near tribal sites at refuge (February 17, 2016)
The trenches were large and at least one of them was found to contain human feces, according to a document filed in federal court.

Stakes raised as Supreme Court weighs domestic violence case
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Stakes raised as Supreme Court weighs domestic violence case (February 16, 2016)
Before the passing of Antonin Scalia, the justices agreed to determine whether tribal court convictions can be used against repeat domestic violence offenders.

Brandon Ecoffey: Marijuana can boost economy on reservation
Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Marijuana can boost economy on reservation (February 16, 2016)
The fact of the matter is that the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation deserve a functioning economy.

Man pleads guilty for dealing meth on Mescalero Apache Nation
Law
Man pleads guilty for dealing meth on Mescalero Apache Nation (February 11, 2016)
Wallace Rice, 23, admitted that he sold .75 grams of the drug to an undercover federal agent.

Miami Nation agrees to forfeit $48M from online lending business
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Miami Nation agrees to forfeit $48M from online lending business (February 11, 2016)
The Oklahoma tribe admitted it acted as a front for Scott Tucker and Timothy Muir, two men charged with running an illegal $2 billion lending enterprise.

Appeal filed in child abuse case on Standing Rock Reservation
Law
Appeal filed in child abuse case on Standing Rock Reservation (January 11, 2016)
Velnita Jolette Hairy Chin was sentenced to 37 months after she admitted that she abused her infant in June 2015.

Brandon Ecoffey: Still no justice for our people in South Dakota
Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Still no justice for our people in South Dakota (December 28, 2015)
I hope one day the feds see my people as human too.

Ex-US Attorney welcomes review of domestic violence case
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Ex-US Attorney welcomes review of domestic violence case (December 17, 2015)
The U.S. Supreme Court is looking closely at a federal law aimed at protecting Native women from repeat domestic violence offenders.

Dozens charged for dealing meth on Mescalero Apache Nation
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Dozens charged for dealing meth on Mescalero Apache Nation (December 14, 2015)
Federal authorities said a 51-year-old tribal member named Lorenzo Saenz led the drug trafficking ring on the reservation.

Chippewa Cree Tribe received $420M in federal funds over five years
Business | Law
Chippewa Cree Tribe received $420M in federal funds over five years (December 3, 2015)
Tribal leaders, employees and associates have stolen millions of dollars through various theft, embezzlement and bribery schemes on the reservation.

Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reports
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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.

Plea deal entered in Chippewa Cree Tribe online lending case
Business | Law
Plea deal entered in Chippewa Cree Tribe online lending case (November 17, 2015)
Neal Rosette and Billi Anne Morsette are admitting to bribery, theft and income tax charges and have agreed to repay the tribe a total of $1.2 million.

Former US Attorney backs review of domestic violence case
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Former US Attorney backs review of domestic violence case (November 13, 2015)
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to ensure that American Indian and Alaska Native women everywhere are protected from repeat domestic violence offenders.

Former police chief from Swinomish Tribe sentenced for theft
Law
Former police chief from Swinomish Tribe sentenced for theft (November 10, 2015)
Thomas J. Schlicker admitted that he stole more than $33,000 from the tribe by directing funds to a secret bank account.

New Mexico trio charged for violating Indian Arts and Crafts Act
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New Mexico trio charged for violating Indian Arts and Crafts Act (October 29, 2015)
Customers were sold jewelry made by members of the Navajo Nation. The items were really produced in the Philippines.

Woman pleads guilty for stealing $585K from Choctaw Nation
Law
Woman pleads guilty for stealing $585K from Choctaw Nation (October 16, 2015)
Carma Lynn Elliott admitted she stole the money from the Oklahoma tribe over a six-year period beginning in 2005.

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