Law

Montana State Capitol
Tribes that want to start cultivating cannabis in Montana already face restrictions imposed by a state agency.

The Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court
The nation’s highest court has reversed course when it comes to state jurisdiction in Indian Country.

U.S. Supreme Court
States can prosecute non-Natives for crimes against Native people on tribal lands, the nation’s highest court held in a closely-divided ruling.

John O’Connor and Kevin Stitt
Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor (R) is the latest state official to claim victory in a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court case.

Melanie Stansbury
“Congress must consult with our tribal nations to find a meaningful path forward,” said Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-New Mexico), a member of the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States.

U.S. Supreme Court
“This decision will undoubtedly result in an increase in violent crimes being committed in Indian Country,” said Lucy SImpson of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.

Fawn Sharp
“The Supreme Court’s decision today is an attack on tribal sovereignty and the hard-fought progress of our ancestors to exercise our inherent sovereignty over our own territories,” said National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp.

Crystal Echo Hawk
“We cannot allow them to take any more power away from us,” says Crystal Echo Hawk, founder and executive director of IllumiNative.

Gary Batton
Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation says the tribe will continue working with law enforcement at all levels.

Page Belcher Federal Building
The United States Attorneys who prosecute federal crimes say they will continue to uphold the U.S. government’s trust responsibilities to tribal nations.

Chuck Hoskin
The U.S. Supreme Court has gone against precedent and basic principles of Indian law, Chief Chuck Hoskin of the Cherokee Nation said.

Muscogee Nation
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling is an “alarming step backward for justice,” the Muscogee Nation said in a statement.

U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court released a long-awaited decision in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, a contentious case affecting tribal sovereignty.

U.S. Supreme Court
Native America Calling talks with legal experts to find out how Indian Country is affected by decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Deb Haaland and Bryan Newland
The Biden administration is fully supporting a bipartisan bill to study the Indian boarding school era, Secretary Deb Haaland said at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Lynn Malerba
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U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed decades of precedent, with a new conservative majority denying women the constitutional right to an abortion.

Lynn Malerba
Lynn Malerba, the chief of the Mohegan Tribe, is taking on a prominent role in the Biden administration.

nativeamericacalling nac
During Pride Month, Native America Calling takes a look at varying actions to acknowledge same-sex unions in Indian Country.

Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
A closely-divided decision confirms the right of two tribes to offer certain types of gaming in Texas, free of state interference.

Ute Mountain Ute Reservation
The decision appears to demonstrate an increasing capacity from the Supreme Court to analyze questions of tribal sovereignty in a balanced and fair manner.

Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
The days of state governments claiming special authority over Indian Country appear to be numbered, with the nation’s highest court issuing another favorable ruling for tribal interests.

House Committee on Natural Resources
The House Committee on Natural Resources meets for a markup on June 15, 2022.

Samish Nation
The Samish Indian Nation has historically suffered significant obstacles in our path to self-determination, due to agency mistakes, inaction, delay and decades of litigation.

Sophia Marjanovic at ShutDownDC
The nation’s highest court is winding down a highly controversial term with a ruling hailed by advocates for Native women, the first of three decisions being anticipated in Indian Country.

Cherokee Nation
The days of corrupt dark money in Cherokee politics are over.

Matthew L. Campbell
The Native American Rights Fund has announced the selection of Matthew Campbell as deputy director.

Raúl Grijalva
Democrats are vowing to return to work better prepared after they said Republicans “hijacked” a slew of Indian Country bills during a markup where nothing was accomplished.

Deborah Parker
Bipartisan efforts to create a federal commission to explore and repair the legacy of the nation’s notorious Indian boarding schools have hit a stumbling block over subpoena authority.

House Committee on Natural Resources
The House Committee on Natural Resources meets for a markup on June 8, 2022.

B.Yellowtail
One of Indian Country’s most prominent fashion designers is “scaling down” her business after facing allegations of artistic theft.

Troop Hula
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is on the road this week, focusing on Native Hawaiian issues.

Joe Biden and Jill Biden
Mass shootings in New York and Texas are a shock to our collective sense of security. What can we do about them?

Navajo Nation
Tribal police departments across the country find it difficult to recruit and retain law enforcement personnel.

Sunshine Suzanne Sykes
Sunshine Suzanne Sykes is joining a group that is small yet growing — Native women who serve on the federal bench.

St. Stephens Indian School
The St. Stephens Indian School is closing out the academic year after the entire administration was ousted following an investigation into a toxic work environment.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting to consider S.3381, S.3773 & S.3789 and Roundtable discussion on “Public Safety in Native Communities”
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds a business meeting and roundtable on May 18, 2022.

U.S. Supreme Court
The nation’s highest court has passed up a chance to address economic sovereignty in Indian Country.

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Legislative Hearing on H.R.5444
The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States holds a legislative hearing on H.R.5444, the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act.

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Legislative Hearing on H.R.5444
The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States holds a legislative hearing on H.R.5444, the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act.