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Native Sun News Today: City debates options for mental health servicesFiled Under: Health | National
Native Sun News Today: City debates options for mental health services (March 2, 2017)
South Dakota’s criminalizing of mentally ill patients has become a topic of discussion in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Too many Native Americans are ending up behind barsFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Too many Native Americans are ending up behind bars (December 22, 2016)
This year’s Lakota Nation Invitational indicates that there has been a large improvement in race relations in Rapid City, but as most Lakota will tell you, we still have a way to go.
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne elders get heating help from unique programFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne elders get heating help from unique program (November 11, 2016)
Elders on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation can receive free wood from a most unlikely source – the Bureau of Indian Affairs inmate work program.
Alex Jacobs: Native people treated like prisoners on our own landFiled Under: Opinion
Alex Jacobs: Native people treated like prisoners on our own land (November 3, 2016)
'Under a President Trump or Clinton, we need to look at prisons since many of us could conceivably have our lifestyles re-arranged.'
Clara Caufield: Tribes are putting more of our people behind barsFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: Tribes are putting more of our people behind bars (November 1, 2016)
More prisoners are facing longer sentences in tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs jails which are not equipped to handle the increased numbers.
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe to debut justice centerFiled Under: Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe to debut justice center (April 28, 2016)
For many years the Oglala Sioux tribal corrections department operated with almost no resources and tiny facilities.
Charles Wohlforth: Fixing Alaska's racially biased justice systemFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Charles Wohlforth: Fixing Alaska's racially biased justice system (March 29, 2016)
If you are Alaska Native, you are more than three times more likely than a white Alaskan to be imprisoned.
Sheriff charged for death of tribal member in North Dakota jailFiled Under: Law | National
Sheriff charged for death of tribal member in North Dakota jail (February 22, 2016)
Dustin Irwin was a 25-year-old member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation who died in October 2014.
City agrees to pay $900K for death of Alaska Native man in jail cellFiled Under: Law
City agrees to pay $900K for death of Alaska Native man in jail cell (January 21, 2016)
Louis Bunyan was 21 years old when he died while in police custody in July 2011.
BIA pulls all inmates from troubled detention center in MontanaFiled Under: Law
BIA pulls all inmates from troubled detention center in Montana (January 8, 2016)
The Two Rivers Regional Detention Facility was receiving inmates from 18 tribes in multiple states until the contract ended in October 2015.
Ivan Star Comes Out: Politics threaten Oglala tribal police forceFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Politics threaten Oglala tribal police force (November 20, 2015)
I don’t hear anyone talking about the Pine Ridge Police Force lately.
DOJ audit slams handling of $70M in grants for Navajo Nation jailsFiled Under: Law | National
DOJ audit slams handling of $70M in grants for Navajo Nation jails (October 1, 2015)
The tribe spent $38.6 million on one facility in Tuba City, Arizona, and $31.7 million on another in Kayenta, Arizona.
Native Sun News: Cheyenne River Sioux man dies after jail stayFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Cheyenne River Sioux man dies after jail stay (September 24, 2015)
An Eagle Butte man died September 16 after allegedly being beaten by Cheyenne River Police officers.
Father of Native woman who died in jail cell considers lawsuitFiled Under: Law | National
Father of Native woman who died in jail cell considers lawsuit (September 3, 2015)
Sarah Lee Circle Bear, 24, died on July 6 and her family has questioned whether she was treated properly by authorities in South Dakota.
Native Sun News: Drum group returns to county detention facilityFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Drum group returns to county detention facility (August 24, 2015)
Collaborative efforts by the Sheriff’s Office, inmates, and community volunteer advocates have succeeded in bringing the traditional Native American music back to the Pennington County Jail in South Dakota.
Sarah Sunshine Manning: Making sure all Native lives matterFiled Under: Opinion
Sarah Sunshine Manning: Making sure all Native lives matter (August 19, 2015)
The toxicology report of Sarah Lee Circle Bear, who died in early July while in police custody, states that she died of a meth overdose.
Mary Annette Pember: Native girls in custody at sky-high ratesFiled Under: Opinion
Mary Annette Pember: Native girls in custody at sky-high rates (August 10, 2015)
Native American girls are at the highest risk of imprisonment in the U.S. According to the report 179 of every 100,000 Native girls end up in prison.
Mississippi Choctaw man who was murdered in jail laid to restFiled Under: Law | National
Mississippi Choctaw man who was murdered in jail laid to rest (August 6, 2015)
Rexdale Henry, 53, was a tribal activist whose death is being blamed on another inmate.
Terese Marie Mailhot: Native people endure delays for justiceFiled Under: Opinion
Terese Marie Mailhot: Native people endure delays for justice (August 3, 2015)
Whereas before it seemed like the media could only handle covering one minority at a time, now we must wait in line behind cats?
Inmate charged with murdering Mississippi Choctaw man in jailFiled Under: Law | National
Inmate charged with murdering Mississippi Choctaw man in jail (July 30, 2015)
Rexdale Henry, 53, was killed by a fellow inmate a day after he was booked, the county sheriff told The Neshoba Democrat.
Julian Brave NoiseCat: Native issues you aren't hearing aboutFiled Under: Opinion
Julian Brave NoiseCat: Native issues you aren't hearing about (July 30, 2015)
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.
Sarah Sunshine Manning: Native mother left to die in a jail cellFiled Under: Opinion
Sarah Sunshine Manning: Native mother left to die in a jail cell (July 30, 2015)
On July 6, 24-year-old Sarah Lee Circle Bear of Clairmont, South Dakota, was found unconscious in a holding cell in Brown County Jail.
Makah Nation man charged for assault during attempted escapeFiled Under: Law
Makah Nation man charged for assault during attempted escape (July 28, 2015)
Brandon Joseph Eaton allegedly bit and punched a tribal police officer during an attempted escape from the jail on the reservation.
Mississippi Choctaw family seeks answers for county jail deathFiled Under: Law | National
Mississippi Choctaw family seeks answers for county jail death (July 27, 2015)
Rexdale Henry, 53, died a day after being placed in the Neshoba County jail.
Mississippi Choctaw man dies after being placed in county jailFiled Under: Law
Mississippi Choctaw man dies after being placed in county jail (July 20, 2015)
Rexdale Wayne Henry, 53, was found dead in his cell on July 14.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers juvenile justiceFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers juvenile justice (July 16, 2015)
Incarcerating young Native Americans should be a last resort, federal officials and experts testified.
Native Sun News: Half-year marked by race-related incidentsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Half-year marked by race-related incidents (July 15, 2015)
Native Sun News will continue to stay in the forefront of news reporting covering race relations throughout the rest of the year.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on juvenile justiceFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on juvenile justice (July 13, 2015)
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the chairman of the committee, is concerned about 'alarming' issues facing young Native Americans.
Native Sun News: Group aims to reduce number of Native inmatesFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Group aims to reduce number of Native inmates (July 8, 2015)
In May, Pennington County was the recipient of a $150,000 grant awarded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of a larger initiative to examine, assess, and institute changes in local jails across the country.
Native Sun News: Jail with large Indian population secures grantFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Jail with large Indian population secures grant (June 9, 2015)
In Rapid City, the Native American population hovers right around 13 percent, while the population in the Pennington County Jail of local tribal members is at 50 percent year round.
County by Pine Ridge Reservation receives justice service grantFiled Under: Law
County by Pine Ridge Reservation receives justice service grant (May 27, 2015)
The money will support drug courts, behavioral health programs and alternative sentences for juveniles.
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate ready to exercise VAWA jurisdictionFiled Under: Law | National
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate ready to exercise VAWA jurisdiction (May 22, 2015)
The tribe has reached an agreement to house certain inmates in a North Dakota county jail.
Native Sun News: Juvenile center offers services to Native youthFiled Under: Education | National
Native Sun News: Juvenile center offers services to Native youth (April 30, 2015)
The Juvenile Services Center, formerly Juvenile Detention Center, is more than just a facility for locking up our youth in Rapid City.
Native Sun News: County addresses spiritual needs of inmatesFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: County addresses spiritual needs of inmates (April 20, 2015)
In the Pennington County jail, Pansy Hawk Wing donates her time to serve on the Religious Advisory Committee and in the Native American Spiritual Program.
Native Sun News: County sheriff seeks more Native employeesFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: County sheriff seeks more Native employees (April 14, 2015)
The Pennington County Sheriff’s Department is well aware of the fact there is a lack of Native American staffing in the jail and on the patrol unit.
Eastern Cherokees make changes to exercise VAWA authorityFiled Under: Law | National
Eastern Cherokees make changes to exercise VAWA authority (March 18, 2015)
The tribe is looking at its jury selection rules in order to arrest, prosecute and sentence non-Indian domestic violence offenders.
Tribes struggle to provide services to youth in justice systemFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes struggle to provide services to youth in justice system (December 1, 2014)
Juveniles who commit crimes or get into trouble are often placed in detention centers where they receive little support and services.
Indian inmates being sent to new detention center in MontanaFiled Under: Law | National
Indian inmates being sent to new detention center in Montana (October 9, 2014)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is paying a private company $70 per inmate per day.
Oglala Sioux Tribe getting ready to open $41M justice complexFiled Under: Law
Oglala Sioux Tribe getting ready to open $41M justice complex (October 7, 2014)
The facility will house the tribe's police force, attorney general, court system and corrections department.
Native Sun News: Facility in Montana set to house Indian inmatesFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Facility in Montana set to house Indian inmates (August 27, 2014)
When final federal paperwork is approved later this month, the Two Rivers Correctional/Treatment Facility will soon accept Native inmates from across the Great Plains region.
Report shows dip in Indian Country detention center populationFiled Under: Law | National
Report shows dip in Indian Country detention center population (August 1, 2014)
The most overcrowded facility was the Medicine Root Detention Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Native mother plans to file suit over son's death in Alberta jailFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Law
Native mother plans to file suit over son's death in Alberta jail (July 16, 2014)
Edward Snowshoe, 24, had been kept in solitary confinement for 162 consecutive days.
Authorities capture murder suspect who escaped CRIT custodyFiled Under: Law
Authorities capture murder suspect who escaped CRIT custody (March 12, 2014)
A homicide suspect who escaped from a detention facility operated by the Colorado River Indian Tribes has been recaptured.
Reward posted for murder suspect who escaped from CRIT jailFiled Under: Law
Reward posted for murder suspect who escaped from CRIT jail (March 11, 2014)
The Colorado River Indian Tribes are offering a $11,000 reward for information about a homicide suspect who escaped a detention facility.
Nisqually Tribe hosts ceremony at $20M public safety complexFiled Under: Law
Nisqually Tribe hosts ceremony at $20M public safety complex (February 21, 2014)
The Nisqually Tribe of Washington hosted a dedication ceremony for a $20 million public safety complex.
Family sues BIA   for death at  Lower Brule Sioux detention facility Filed Under: Law
Family sues BIA for death at Lower Brule Sioux detention facility (November 6, 2013)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is being sued for a death at a detention facility on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.
Prisoners    escaped from BIA detention facility in South DakotaFiled Under: Law
Prisoners escaped from BIA detention facility in South Dakota (July 11, 2013)
Four prisoners escaped from a Bureau of Indian Affairs detention facility in South Dakota.
Editorial: Protecting all prison inmates from sexual assaultFiled Under: Opinion
Editorial: Protecting all prison inmates from sexual assault (May 27, 2013)
The New York Times on a report Department of Justice report which found that a Bureau of Indian Affairs detention facility on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota had...
BIA detention facility had highest sexual misconduct rateFiled Under: Law
BIA detention facility had highest sexual misconduct rate (May 17, 2013)
A Bureau of Indian Affairs detention facility on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota had the highest rate of staff sexual misconduct than any other in the U.S., according...
Eastern Cherokees approve  $26M for jail and justice  centerFiled Under: Law
Eastern Cherokees approve $26M for jail and justice center (May 8, 2013)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will be spending $26 million on a jail and justice center. The original cost of the jail was $20 million. But the tribe added...
Navajo Nation lacks adequate funding for  new detention facilityFiled Under: Law
Navajo Nation lacks adequate funding for new detention facility (April 8, 2013)
The Navajo Nation boasts the largest detention facility in Indian Country but lacks funding to staff it. The facility in Tuba City, Arizona, can house more than 130 inmates. The...
Tribes cut back on law enforcement under budget sequesterFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes cut back on law enforcement under budget sequester (March 18, 2013)
Tribes are being forced to cut back on law enforcement and justice programs due the sequester of the federal budget. Automatic, across-the-board cuts went into effect on March 1. The...
Male inmate accused of assaulting female inmate at  tribal jailFiled Under: Law
Male inmate accused of assaulting female inmate at tribal jail (February 7, 2013)
A male inmate has been charged for assaulting a female inmate at a jail operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona. The inmates were placed in the same...
Fronteras: Most kids in juvenile detention center are IndianFiled Under: Law | National
Fronteras: Most kids in juvenile detention center are Indian (September 13, 2012)
"The high school dropout rate for American Indians is almost twice the national average. Educators in Flagstaff, Ariz., have tried to turn that trend around. And they’ve had some success...
Chippewa Cree Tribe responds to audit on use of $12.3M grantFiled Under: Law | National
Chippewa Cree Tribe responds to audit on use of $12.3M grant (August 28, 2012)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana said it is implementing new procedures in response to a Department of Justice audit. The tribe received $12.3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment...
Yakama Nation focuses on rehabilitation with detention centerFiled Under: Law
Yakama Nation focuses on rehabilitation with detention center (May 17, 2012)
The Yakama Nation of Washington dedicated its $12 million detention center on Wednesday. The 38,000-square-foot Yakama Nation Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility comes with 114 beds. The tribe hopes it will...
Ex-tribal officer accused of harboring fugitives in North DakotaFiled Under: Law
Ex-tribal officer accused of harboring fugitives in North Dakota (May 16, 2012)
A former police officer for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota has been charged with harboring fugitives. Federal authorities say Jessica Folden allowed two men who escaped...
Chippewa Cree Tribe opens doors to $12.5M justice facilityFiled Under: Law
Chippewa Cree Tribe opens doors to $12.5M justice facility (May 2, 2012)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana celebrated the opening of a $12.5 million justice center on the Rocky Boy's Reservation. The 25,000 square-foot center houses the tribal jail and the...
MPR: Red Lake detention center sits unused without BIA helpFiled Under: Law | National
MPR: Red Lake detention center sits unused without BIA help (April 27, 2012)
"Red Lake tribal officials say they're frustrated over a funding dispute that has left a juvenile detention center empty and unused since it was built by the federal government seven...
British Columbia chooses reserve as site of detention facilityFiled Under: First Nations in Canada
British Columbia chooses reserve as site of detention facility (February 7, 2012)
The British Columbia government selected the Osoyoos Indian Band as its partner for a new detention facility. The province will build the 360-cell center on land owned by the band....

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