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Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdictionFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdiction (01/11)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) refused to repudiate his opposition to tribal jurisdiction despite acknowledging that non-Indians contribute to high rates of crime.
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.
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issuesFiled Under: Business | National | Politics | Trust
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues (12/12)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) fought an off-reservation casino and opposed stronger protections for Native women during her time on Capitol Hill.
Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribes (12/09)
Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice to head the Department of the Interior.
Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritageFiled Under: Opinion
Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage (11/14)
The life and culture of our nation’s Native American tribes are written in nearly every chapter of America’s story.
Top officials take on violence against indigenous women and girls in North AmericaFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | World
Top officials take on violence against indigenous women and girls in North America (10/17)
The first-ever meeting of the North American Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls took place at the White House.
Mark Trahant: Native Republican Tom Cole won't abandon Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native Republican Tom Cole won't abandon Donald Trump (10/14)
When the issues involve tribes, and especially, tribal sovereignty, Tom Cole has been one of the most important members in the history of Congress.
Toni Tsatoke-Mule: Native women are needed now more than everFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Toni Tsatoke-Mule: Native women are needed now more than ever (10/14)
Our collective reality, as Native women, is that violence lives alongside many of us.
White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girlsFiled Under: Law | National | World
White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girls (10/13)
Top officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico are working to address high levels of violence.
Barack Obama: Creating a future worthy for the seven generationsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Barack Obama: Creating a future worthy for the seven generations (09/30)
'Our country has accomplished so much in the past eight years, and our tribal nations have been central to that progress.'
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.
Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girlsFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Law | National | Politics
Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls (06/29)
A resolution in Congress seeks to designate May 5, 2017, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
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.
Cherokee tribes support Senate bill to expand criminal authorityFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Cherokee tribes support Senate bill to expand criminal authority (06/21)
S.2785, the Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act, recognizes the 'inherent' authority of tribes to arrest, prosecute and sentence any person for drug crimes and domestic violence against children.
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.
Vice President Joe Biden urges early work on Violence Against Women ActFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Vice President Joe Biden urges early work on Violence Against Women Act (06/15)
Deborah Parker, a former vice chair of the Tulalip Tribes, reminded attendees of the United State of Women Summit not to forget about the first Americans.
Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and menFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men (06/14)
A new report from the Department of Justice makes the case for expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.
Matthew Fletcher: Takeaways from Supreme Court's new decisionFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Matthew Fletcher: Takeaways from Supreme Court's new decision (06/14)
Professor Matthew Fletcher analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court decision in US v. Bryant, an Indian Country domestic violence case.
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.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch meets with Alaska Native leadersFiled Under: Law | National
Attorney General Loretta Lynch meets with Alaska Native leaders (06/09)
The marks the start of a new government-to-government relationship between the Department of Justice and Alaska tribes.
Mark Trahant: Tulalip citizen Deborah Parker lands role in crafting Democratic platformFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Tulalip citizen Deborah Parker lands role in crafting Democratic platform (05/24)
Deborah Parker, a former vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes, was an early supporter of Bernie Sanders.
Cronkite News: Tribes support efforts to expand criminal authorityFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Tribes support efforts to expand criminal authority (05/19)
Witnesses at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing agreed that giving local authorities the power to pursue prosecutions is the best course
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.
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.
Tribes to finally see funding to exercise jurisdiction over non-IndiansFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes to finally see funding to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians (05/09)
The Department of Justice is accepting applications for a program that was authorized by the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.
Nottawaseppi Huron Band to prosecute non-Indians under VAWAFiled Under: Law
Nottawaseppi Huron Band to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA (05/05)
The Michigan tribe adopted a domestic violence code in March to comply with the federal law.
Study confirms high rate of violence against Native women and menFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Study confirms high rate of violence against Native women and men (05/05)
The Department of Justice is making the case for restoring tribal jurisdiction with data that confirms Native women and Native men are more likely to be victimized by non-Natives.
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.
Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offendersFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders (04/14)
The Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act recognizes the 'inherent authority' of tribes to arrest and prosecute any person for drug related crimes, domestic violence against children and crimes committed against tribal law enforcement officers.
Mary Annette Pember: Missing and murdered Indian women go forgottenFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Law | National
Mary Annette Pember: Missing and murdered Indian women go forgotten (04/14)
In a three-part series, Mary Annette Pember reports on the thousands of indigenous women who have gone missing or who have been murdered in the United States and Canada.
Mark Trahant: Chase Iron Eyes launches campaign for CongressFiled Under: National | Politics
Mark Trahant: Chase Iron Eyes launches campaign for Congress (04/04)
Chase Iron Eyes is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a founder of Last Real Indians and an attorney for the Lakota People’s Law Project.
Capitol Hill briefing on Violence Against Women Act in Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Capitol Hill briefing on Violence Against Women Act in Indian Country (02/22)
The 2013 reauthorization of the law recognizes the 'inherent power' of tribes to arrest, prosecute and punish non-Indians for certain domestic violence offenses.
Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders campaign starts Indian policy groupFiled Under: National | Politics
Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders campaign starts Indian policy group (02/05)
Nicole Willis, a member of the Umatilla Tribes, just joined the Democratic candidate's campaign as an advisor.
Cherokee Nation working to prosecute non-Indians under VAWAFiled Under: Law | National
Cherokee Nation working to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA (01/07)
The largest tribe in the United States is close to meeting the requirements of the landmark 2013 law, a senior official said.
Supreme Court agrees to review yet another Indian law disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court agrees to review yet another Indian law dispute (12/14)
The justices will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against repeat domestic violence offenders.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin endorses Sen. Marco Rubio for presidentFiled Under: Politics
Rep. Markwayne Mullin endorses Sen. Marco Rubio for president (11/23)
The Republican from Florida has one big mark against him -- he voted against the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.
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.
DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear Indian domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear Indian domestic violence case (11/11)
The Obama administration is warning that American Indian and Alaska Native women could be terrorized even more unless the justices resolve an issue affecting repeat offenders.
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.
Vice President Joe Biden reflects on triumphs of Obama's Indian policiesFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | First Nations in Canada | Environment | Health | Law | National | Politics | World
Vice President Joe Biden reflects on triumphs of Obama's Indian policies (10/28)
A reception for five contemporary Native artists offered a glimpse into the Obama administration's impact in Indian Country.
Tribes still waiting on funds from Violence Against Women ActFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes still waiting on funds from Violence Against Women Act (10/16)
Alfred Urbina, the attorney general for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, estimated it could cost up to half a million dollars to comply with the law.
Pioneering tribes share experiences with prosecuting non-IndiansFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Pioneering tribes share experiences with prosecuting non-Indians (10/07)
The Tulalip Tribes and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe are finally bringing all domestic violence offenders to justice.
DOJ awards $97M in grants for public safety in Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National
DOJ awards $97M in grants for public safety in Indian Country (09/16)
The money will help tribes boost law enforcement, improve tribal courts, combat violence against women, address substance abuse, assist youth and provide services to victims of crime.
Nez Perce Tribe hosts conference to combat violence and abuseFiled Under: Law | National
Nez Perce Tribe hosts conference to combat violence and abuse (09/09)
Participants received training on ways to address sexual abuse against women and against children.
Alaska governor pursues appeal in landmark land-into-trust caseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Alaska governor pursues appeal in landmark land-into-trust case (08/25)
Alaska Natives who were looking for a new era in tribal-state relations have seen their dreams dashed by the state's top leaders.
Alaska Federation of Natives hosts welcome event for ObamaFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Alaska Federation of Natives hosts welcome event for Obama (08/17)
The president will focus on climate change during his first extended visit to the 49th state.
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.
Alaska to recognize tribal domestic violence protection ordersFiled Under: Law | National
Alaska to recognize tribal domestic violence protection orders (07/31)
Attorney General Craig Richards issued a formal opinion that said the orders to not have to be entered into the state system to be valid.
Julian Brave NoiseCat: Native issues you aren't hearing aboutFiled Under: Opinion
Julian Brave NoiseCat: Native issues you aren't hearing about (07/30)
Most of the recent headlines about indigenous Americans have had to do with a certain D.C. football team, or a surpassingly dumb Adam Sandler movie.
Congress fails to provide funds to help tribes comply with VAWAFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Congress fails to provide funds to help tribes comply with VAWA (07/29)
The Violence Against Women Act of 2013 authorized $25 million over five years but none of the money has been made available to Indian Country.
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.
Native Sun News: Oglala leader blames deaths on domestic violenceFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Oglala leader blames deaths on domestic violence (07/06)
President John Yellow Bird Steele issued Proclamation No. 15-06 declaring action on domestic violence.
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.
Eastern Cherokees assert authority in all domestic violence casesFiled Under: Law | National
Eastern Cherokees assert authority in all domestic violence cases (06/16)
The tribe can arrest, prosecute and try non-Indians who commit certain offenses on the reservation.
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate ready to exercise VAWA jurisdictionFiled Under: Law | National
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate ready to exercise VAWA jurisdiction (05/22)
The tribe has reached an agreement to house certain inmates in a North Dakota county jail.
Pascua Yaqui Tribe hosts Violence Against Women Act trainingFiled Under: Law | National
Pascua Yaqui Tribe hosts Violence Against Women Act training (05/20)
The Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Training was held in conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Affairs earlier this month.

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