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Habematolel Pomo citizen killed in domestic violence incident in California
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Habematolel Pomo citizen killed in domestic violence incident in California (July 6, 2017)
The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake is raising funds to help the family of a citizen who was killed in a domestic violence incident.

Secretary Zinke committed to addressing 'heart-breaking' crimes against Native women and girls
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Secretary Zinke committed to addressing 'heart-breaking' crimes against Native women and girls (April 18, 2017)
The Department of the Interior is part of a new law enforcement group aimed at increasing collaboration and coordination in Indian Country.

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women hosts summit
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Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women hosts summit (March 29, 2017)
Attendees will focus on ways to address violence against Native women and Native children.

Advocates open StrongHearts Native Helpline for Native survivors
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Advocates open StrongHearts Native Helpline for Native survivors (March 7, 2017)
Callers can receive culturally-relevant and confidential assistance at 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5:30pm Central time.

Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters
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Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters (February 16, 2017)
Advocates are hoping to build on the pro-tribal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.

Native women host Capitol Hill briefing on missing and murdered sisters
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Native women host Capitol Hill briefing on missing and murdered sisters (February 15, 2017)
Advocates are calling for May 5 to be designated as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdiction
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Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdiction (January 11, 2017)
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-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.

Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes
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Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (November 18, 2016)
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 pattern
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Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Violence against water protectors follows a familiar pattern (November 8, 2016)
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 reservations
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James Giago Davies: Drugs and crime overrun our reservations (October 21, 2016)
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 woman
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Lakota Country Times: Bill honors memory of young Northern Cheyenne woman (August 25, 2016)
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 violence
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Lakota Country Times: Oglala citizen calls for prayer amid violence (August 18, 2016)
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 survivors
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Opinion: Court project sees success in protecting Native survivors (August 15, 2016)
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 sisters
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Native women lead official inquiry into missing and murdered sisters (August 4, 2016)
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 dispute
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Appeals court reverses conviction due to tribal certificate dispute (August 3, 2016)
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 incident
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Ex-Bureau of Indian Affairs officer admits guilt in domestic violence incident (August 3, 2016)
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 people
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Naomi Schaefer Riley: Tribal justice systems trample on rights of their own people (July 11, 2016)
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 safety
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Editorial: Bureau of Indian Affairs moves slowly on public safety (July 4, 2016)
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 offenders
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Editorial: Keep guns out of hands of domestic violence offenders (July 1, 2016)
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 girls
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Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls (June 29, 2016)
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 Reservation
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Man charged with murdering girlfriend on Fort Peck Reservation (June 29, 2016)
Roxanne Morsette was 25 years old when she was shot and killed in January 2016.

Woman from Crow Tribe dies after brutal attack on reservation
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Woman from Crow Tribe dies after brutal attack on reservation (June 29, 2016)
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 violence
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Native women hail Supreme Court decision on domestic violence (June 28, 2016)
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 powers
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Opinion: Supreme Court exposes Indian people to federal powers (June 27, 2016)
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 Country
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Anonymous: Fighting back against victimization in Indian Country (June 27, 2016)
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 shooting
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Terese Mailhot: Becoming a better ally after the Orlando shooting (June 24, 2016)
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 fire
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Two charged for beating and setting woman from Crow Tribe on fire (June 23, 2016)
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 authority
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Cherokee tribes support Senate bill to expand criminal authority (June 21, 2016)
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 term
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Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual term (June 20, 2016)
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 violence
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Gyasi Ross: Taking responsibility for our role in anti-gay violence (June 17, 2016)
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 prison
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Noah Feldman: Supreme Court puts more Indian people in federal prison (June 16, 2016)
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 stupidity
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Steve Russell: Congress is not required to buy the NRA's stupidity (June 16, 2016)
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 Act
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Vice President Joe Biden urges early work on Violence Against Women Act (June 15, 2016)
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 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.

Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system
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Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system (June 13, 2016)
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 burned
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Crow Tribe demands justice after woman was found badly burned (June 13, 2016)
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 hotline
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Cronkite News: Advocates prepare to launch tribal domestic violence hotline (May 17, 2016)
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 bills
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Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on three bills (May 16, 2016)
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 girls
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Editorial: End the cycle of violence against Native women and girls (May 16, 2016)
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-Indians
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Tribes to finally see funding to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians (May 9, 2016)
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 men
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Study confirms high rate of violence against Native women and men (May 5, 2016)
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 violence
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Jennifer Denetdale: Navajo Nation commission examines gender violence (May 5, 2016)
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 death
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Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux family confronts man blamed for loved one's death (May 2, 2016)
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 trailer
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Pine Ridge man sentenced for burning down ex-partner's trailer (April 26, 2016)
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 case
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Supreme Court posts audio from hearing in domestic violence case (April 25, 2016)
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 case
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SCOTUSBlog: Supreme Court has few questions in Indian law case (April 20, 2016)
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 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.

Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer accused of domestic violence
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Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer accused of domestic violence (April 18, 2016)
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 offenders
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Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders (April 14, 2016)
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 Nation
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Ruth Hopkins: Why I resigned my judgeship on Spirit Lake Nation (April 14, 2016)
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 forgotten
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Mary Annette Pember: Missing and murdered Indian women go forgotten (April 14, 2016)
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 woman
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Native Sun News: Wheels of justice slow for Oglala Sioux woman (April 8, 2016)
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 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.

Diane Humetewa not under consideration for Supreme Court seat
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Diane Humetewa not under consideration for Supreme Court seat (March 11, 2016)
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 women
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Mary Annette Pember: Abuse leads to trafficking of Native women (March 9, 2016)
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 violence
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Lakota Country Times: Family brings attention to domestic violence (March 7, 2016)
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 case
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Appeals court backs tougher sentence in domestic violence case (February 16, 2016)
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 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.

Northern Cheyenne man convicted of aggravated sexual abuse
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Northern Cheyenne man convicted of aggravated sexual abuse (December 15, 2015)
Olaf James Haugen, 29, was found guilty of raping and beating a woman on the reservation in August 2013.

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