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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.
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (11/18)
Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Violence against water protectors follows a familiar patternFiled Under: Opinion
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Violence against water protectors follows a familiar pattern (11/08)
History is replete with evidence that Native peoples are simply trying to live on their ancestral homelands.
James Giago Davies: Drugs and crime overrun our reservationsFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Drugs and crime overrun our reservations (10/21)
Not content with just getting drunk or baked, people on our reservations now prefer to get wired, because any high is better than the reservation reality they want to escape.
Lakota Country Times: Bill honors memory of young Northern Cheyenne womanFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Bill honors memory of young Northern Cheyenne woman (08/25)
Lawmakers from Montana have introduced legislation to create a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
Lakota Country Times: Oglala citizen calls for prayer amid violenceFiled Under: National
Lakota Country Times: Oglala citizen calls for prayer amid violence (08/18)
After several violent crimes on the Pine Ridge Reservation, one tribal citizen came to the conclusion that what the people needed were prayers.
Opinion: Court project sees success in protecting Native survivorsFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Opinion: Court project sees success in protecting Native survivors (08/15)
On any given day the Family Justice Center in downtown Minneapolis is filled with individuals seeking help for domestic violence.
Native women lead official inquiry into missing and murdered sistersFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Law | National
Native women lead official inquiry into missing and murdered sisters (08/04)
Three of the five commissioners for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are Native women.
Appeals court reverses conviction due to tribal certificate disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Appeals court reverses conviction due to tribal certificate dispute (08/03)
Even though Edgar Alvirez won a reversal, the case took so long to resolve that he completed the terms of his sentence for an assault on an Indian woman.
Ex-Bureau of Indian Affairs officer admits guilt in domestic violence incidentFiled Under: Law
Ex-Bureau of Indian Affairs officer admits guilt in domestic violence incident (08/03)
William Arthur Curran admitted he kidnapped and prevented his wife from leaving their home on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
Naomi Schaefer Riley: Tribal justice systems trample on rights of their own peopleFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Naomi Schaefer Riley: Tribal justice systems trample on rights of their own people (07/11)
The justice system on many reservations is a disaster thanks to our desire to respect 'tribal sovereignty.'
Editorial: Bureau of Indian Affairs moves slowly on public safetyFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Editorial: Bureau of Indian Affairs moves slowly on public safety (07/04)
The fatal beating, choking and burning of Roylynn Rides Horse, a 28-year-old Crow Agency woman, has rekindled outrage over violence on Montana Indian Reservations.
Editorial: Keep guns out of hands of domestic violence offendersFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Editorial: Keep guns out of hands of domestic violence offenders (07/01)
It’s a good thing Congress passed a law in 1996 barring people convicted of domestic violence from buying or owning guns.
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.
Man charged with murdering girlfriend on Fort Peck ReservationFiled Under: Law
Man charged with murdering girlfriend on Fort Peck Reservation (06/29)
Roxanne Morsette was 25 years old when she was shot and killed in January 2016.
Woman from Crow Tribe dies after brutal attack on reservationFiled Under: Law | National
Woman from Crow Tribe dies after brutal attack on reservation (06/29)
RoyLynn Rides Horse, who was 28 years old, was beaten, burned and abandoned in a field on the Montana reservation.
Native women hail Supreme Court decision on domestic violenceFiled Under: Law | National
Native women hail Supreme Court decision on domestic violence (06/28)
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center submitted a brief in defense of a federal law that bars domestic violence offenders from possessing firearms.
Opinion: Supreme Court exposes Indian people to federal powersFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Opinion: Supreme Court exposes Indian people to federal powers (06/27)
Federal prosecutors are now licensed to target Indians – and only Indians – who faced prosecution without assistance of counsel in tribal court proceedings.
Anonymous: Fighting back against victimization in Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion
Anonymous: Fighting back against victimization in Indian Country (06/27)
I wear a scarlet letter R, which has permanently affixed itself to my body, buried by years of suppression, self-doubt, self-hate, and humiliation.
Terese Mailhot: Becoming a better ally after the Orlando shootingFiled Under: Opinion
Terese Mailhot: Becoming a better ally after the Orlando shooting (06/24)
So many LGBTQ Indigenous people are born with gifts that communities fail to see and nurture.
Two charged for beating and setting woman from Crow Tribe on fireFiled Under: Law | National
Two charged for beating and setting woman from Crow Tribe on fire (06/23)
Roylynn Rides Horse, 28, suffered third-degree burns over 45 percent of her body and is being treated in Utah.
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.
Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual termFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual term (06/20)
A record four Indian law cases were on the docket and tribes are still waiting for a decision a closely-watched jurisdiction dispute.
Gyasi Ross: Taking responsibility for our role in anti-gay violenceFiled Under: Opinion
Gyasi Ross: Taking responsibility for our role in anti-gay violence (06/17)
Adults who are tolerant, respectful and loving begin as children who are shown and taught tolerance, respect and love
Noah Feldman: Supreme Court puts more Indian people in federal prisonFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Noah Feldman: Supreme Court puts more Indian people in federal prison (06/16)
The bottom line is therefore that the federal law is likely to lead to more Native Americans ending up in federal prisons – without having had the benefits of legal representation when they were convicted of the underlying crimes that helped put them there.
Steve Russell: Congress is not required to buy the NRA's stupidityFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Congress is not required to buy the NRA's stupidity (06/16)
The National Rifle Association represented gun owners but for a long time has switched to gun makers.
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.
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.
Cronkite News: Advocates prepare to launch tribal domestic violence hotlineFiled Under: Law | National
Cronkite News: Advocates prepare to launch tribal domestic violence hotline (05/17)
Sometime this year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline expects to take the first call at a hotline created specifically to respond to tribal victims.
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.
Editorial: End the cycle of violence against Native women and girlsFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Editorial: End the cycle of violence against Native women and girls (05/16)
The incidence of domestic violence and sexual abuse visited upon Native American women and children, especially those who live on tribal lands, is staggering.
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.
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.
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux family confronts man blamed for loved one's deathFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux family confronts man blamed for loved one's death (05/02)
Anthony Waters walked away from the podium glaring at the defendant who sat looking down at the table with legs shaking.
Pine Ridge man sentenced for burning down ex-partner's trailerFiled Under: Law | National
Pine Ridge man sentenced for burning down ex-partner's trailer (04/26)
Duane Benson pleaded guilty to arson but has not been charged in connection with the death of Jessie Waters.
Supreme Court posts audio from hearing in domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court posts audio from hearing in domestic violence case (04/25)
The hearing ran about 15 minutes shorter than the allotted hour because the justices had fewer questions than normal for both sides in the case.
SCOTUSBlog: Supreme Court has few questions in Indian law caseFiled Under: Law
SCOTUSBlog: Supreme Court has few questions in Indian law case (04/20)
What was scheduled as a sixty-minute argument took only forty-four, with lawyers for both sides sitting down before their time was up.
Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docketFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docket (04/18)
US v. Bryant will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against offenders who repeatedly abuse American Indian women.
Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer accused of domestic violenceFiled Under: Law
Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer accused of domestic violence (04/18)
William Arthur Curran was heard on a 911 call telling his wife: 'I can bury you' after he allegedly handcuffed her and confined her in their home on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
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.
Ruth Hopkins: Why I resigned my judgeship on Spirit Lake NationFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Why I resigned my judgeship on Spirit Lake Nation (04/14)
Strangers I do not know who have never spoken to me before decided to use my good name to viciously attack one of our own.
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.
Native Sun News: Wheels of justice slow for Oglala Sioux womanFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Wheels of justice slow for Oglala Sioux woman (04/08)
On April 30, 2015, Jessie Renae Waters was found dead on a fire road just over a hill overlooking highway US 18 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence case (03/11)
Arguments in US v. Bryant, a case being watched closely by Native women and their advocates, will take place on April 19.
Diane Humetewa not under consideration for Supreme Court seatFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Diane Humetewa not under consideration for Supreme Court seat (03/11)
A short list of five potential candidates is being widely cited in the media but it does not include anyone from Indian Country.
Mary Annette Pember: Abuse leads to trafficking of Native womenFiled Under: Law | National
Mary Annette Pember: Abuse leads to trafficking of Native women (03/09)
Independent journalist Mary Annette Pember wraps up her series into sex trafficking in Indian Country with a visit to the Great Plains.
Lakota Country Times: Family brings attention to domestic violenceFiled Under: Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Family brings attention to domestic violence (03/07)
Through an event designed to raise awareness about domestic violence the family of Jessie Waters, a murdered Oglala woman, has found a way to bring attention to a touchy subject.
Appeals court backs tougher sentence in domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
Appeals court backs tougher sentence in domestic violence case (02/16)
Terry Lee Harlan, 53, was found guilty of being a habitual offender under under a law that recognizes prior tribal domestic violence convictions.
Stakes raised as Supreme Court weighs domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Stakes raised as Supreme Court weighs domestic violence case (02/16)
Before the passing of Antonin Scalia, the justices agreed to determine whether tribal court convictions can be used against repeat domestic violence offenders.
Northern Cheyenne man convicted of aggravated sexual abuseFiled Under: Law
Northern Cheyenne man convicted of aggravated sexual abuse (12/15)
Olaf James Haugen, 29, was found guilty of raping and beating a woman on the reservation in August 2013.
Triqui people flee homeland only to find even worse conditionsFiled Under: World
Triqui people flee homeland only to find even worse conditions (12/02)
About 15,000 tribal members live in Baja California, thousands of miles from Triqui territory in southern Mexico.
Adrianne Chalepah: Voices of Native women need to be heardFiled Under: Opinion
Adrianne Chalepah: Voices of Native women need to be heard (11/23)
No longer should we accept our Native women to be portrayed as fetishes, readily available for America’s exploitations.
Native women to rally at Supreme Court for upcoming caseFiled Under: Law | National
Native women to rally at Supreme Court for upcoming case (11/11)
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is teaming up with The Monument Quilt to bring the stories of Native survivors to the nation's capital.
Tribes and activists celebrate rejection of Keystone XL PipelineFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribes and activists celebrate rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline (11/09)
Leaders in South Dakota spent seven years rallying opposition to a project that would have crossed treaty-protected territories.
Vi Waln: Stopping the cycle of violence in our communitiesFiled Under: Opinion
Vi Waln: Stopping the cycle of violence in our communities (11/05)
Our Lakota children, as well as our unborn generations, are depending on us to stop the cycle of domestic violence.
Director of FBI discusses Indian Country initiatives in testimonyFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Director of FBI discusses Indian Country initiatives in testimony (10/22)
Homicide, crimes against children and felony assaults represent 75 percent of the agency's caseload.

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