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Fort Peck Reservation defendants given lengthy sentences for crimes against children
Law | National
Fort Peck Reservation defendants given lengthy sentences for crimes against children (July 27, 2017)
Sentences were handed down in two cases involving crimes against children on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.

Fort Peck Reservation man due for sentencing in assault of 4-year-old girl
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Fort Peck Reservation man due for sentencing in assault of 4-year-old girl (July 26, 2017)
A Montana man due to be sentenced for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl on the Fort Peck Reservation.

Former Indian Health Service executive indicted for accepting cash gift
Health | Law | National
Former Indian Health Service executive indicted for accepting cash gift (July 13, 2017)
A sex abuse scandal at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota appears to be expanding.

Appeals court bars tribal citizen from entering county in Michigan
Law
Appeals court bars tribal citizen from entering county in Michigan (April 7, 2017)
Eugene Rantanen wasn't banished by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Instead, he asked to be exiled from his tribe's reservation.

Critic of #NoDAPL encampment convicted of sexually abusing a minor
Law
Critic of #NoDAPL encampment convicted of sexually abusing a minor (April 7, 2017)
Robert Fool Bear Sr., said Dakota Access Pipeline opponents were a danger to his community as he faced trial for repeatedly abusing the young victim.

Mary Annette Pember: Native women work with youth offenders on Rosebud Sioux Reservation
Law | National
Mary Annette Pember: Native women work with youth offenders on Rosebud Sioux Reservation (March 24, 2017)
The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society sets a path for redemption for Native youth sex offenders.

Native Sun News Today: Ex-Indian Health Service doctor charged for abuse of minor
Health | Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Ex-Indian Health Service doctor charged for abuse of minor (March 16, 2017)
A former Indian Health Service pediatrician stationed at the Pine Ridge Service Unit was charged with sexual abuse crimes against a minor.

Tim Giago: Boarding school principal showed cruelty to animals
Education | Opinion
Tim Giago: Boarding school principal showed cruelty to animals (March 6, 2017)
One of the things we missed the most when we were small boys institutionalized at the Holy Rosary Mission Boarding School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was pets.

Tim Giago: Our Lakota children are dying while we wring our hands
Opinion
Tim Giago: Our Lakota children are dying while we wring our hands (February 20, 2017)
The Lakota call their children 'wakanyeja’ which means Sacred and special. There are times I wonder if we are deluding ourselves.

Delphine Red Shirt: We must step up and take care of our children
Opinion
Delphine Red Shirt: We must step up and take care of our children (December 8, 2016)
When a parent stops caring for that child, because of substance abuse or other issues, probably the proper word for these children is wablenica.

Doug George-Kanentiio: A voice for residential school survivors
Canada | Education | Opinion
Doug George-Kanentiio: A voice for residential school survivors (October 19, 2016)
For once in our lives we need to have the respect of deciding how we can secure true peace on our terms.

Tim Giago: Indian Country still suffering from boarding school era
Opinion
Tim Giago: Indian Country still suffering from boarding school era (August 30, 2016)
There are thousands of Indian children with grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts and siblings who were victims of the boarding schools and who ended their lives as broken people.

Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal court
Education | Law | National
Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal court (August 22, 2016)
The tribe is defending its court system from an 'attack' by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

97-year-old Indian boarding school survivor still sharing his story
Education | National
97-year-old Indian boarding school survivor still sharing his story (August 19, 2016)
Sid Byrd was sent to the Genoa Indian Industrial School in Nebraska when he was just six years old.

First use of 'racism' came from founder of Carlisle boarding school
Education | National
First use of 'racism' came from founder of Carlisle boarding school (August 16, 2016)
Army general Richard Henry Pratt believed the best way to treat an Indian person was to 'Kill the Indian in him and save the man.'

Federal charges filed in kidnapping of girl on Fort Peck Reservation
Law
Federal charges filed in kidnapping of girl on Fort Peck Reservation (June 24, 2016)
John William Lieba II is charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated sexual abuse and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country
Law | National | Politics
Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country (June 17, 2016)
Key members of Congress vowed to support an expansion of tribal jurisdiction after a new report exposed the extent of the crisis.

Supreme Court still holding onto ruling in tribal jurisdiction case
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Supreme Court still holding onto ruling in tribal jurisdiction case (June 16, 2016)
With the nation's highest court down to just eight members, the justices have yet to reach clear consensus in the closely-watched dispute.

Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men
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Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men (June 14, 2016)
A new report from the Department of Justice makes the case for expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.

Indigenous youth in Paraguay forced into labor in wealthy homes
Education | World
Indigenous youth in Paraguay forced into labor in wealthy homes (June 13, 2016)
Thousands of indigenous children in Paraguay are falling victim to a centuries-old system of forced labor.

Mormon Church faces third abuse lawsuit in Navajo Nation court
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Mormon Church faces third abuse lawsuit in Navajo Nation court (June 8, 2016)
So far, four victims have come forward after suffering abuse in the Indian Student Placement Program.

Former council member for Blackfeet Nation plans to plead guilty
Law | Politics
Former council member for Blackfeet Nation plans to plead guilty (June 6, 2016)
Cheryl Little Dog is admitting that she harbored a fugitive in her home on the reservation and lied to federal agents about his whereabouts.

Mormon Church disputes tribal jurisdiction in Navajo abuse case
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Mormon Church disputes tribal jurisdiction in Navajo abuse case (June 1, 2016)
The Mormon Church is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will settle the matter by ruling in a closely-watched jurisdiction case.

Native residential school survivors reach $50M settlement in Canada
Canada | Education | Law
Native residential school survivors reach $50M settlement in Canada (May 10, 2016)
People who lived at residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador will benefit from direct payments.

Former leader of Grand Traverse Band sentenced for sex crimes
Law
Former leader of Grand Traverse Band sentenced for sex crimes (May 4, 2016)
Derek Bailey will spend at least 25 years in prison after being sentenced in two different sexual abuse cases.

Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Reservation plagued by abuse and assault cases
Opinion
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Reservation plagued by abuse and assault cases (May 3, 2016)
In researching the United States Attorney’s website, I found there have been 11 sexual assault cases brought against men from the Rosebud Reservation since January 2016.

Vi Waln: Alcohol and drugs bring pain and suffering to our children
Opinion
Vi Waln: Alcohol and drugs bring pain and suffering to our children (April 26, 2016)
Our children deserve to grow up in a sober home with parents who are supportive and loving.

Former Blackfeet Nation council member indicted in federal court
Law
Former Blackfeet Nation council member indicted in federal court (March 9, 2016)
Cheryl Little Dog is accused of harboring a fugitive in her home on the reservation and lying to federal agents about his whereabouts.

Vincent Schilling: I am not ashamed to be a sexual assault victim
Opinion
Vincent Schilling: I am not ashamed to be a sexual assault victim (February 12, 2016)
As I try to stand up for our women, I also want my fellow Native men to know you are not cowards, you are no less a warrior and you are not alone if you were sexually assaulted in your lifetime.

Thousands of alleged residential school abusers located in Canada
Canada | Education | Law
Thousands of alleged residential school abusers located in Canada (February 2, 2016)
None are facing any charges at this point but they were invited to participate in hearings for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

Appeal filed in child abuse case on Standing Rock Reservation
Law
Appeal filed in child abuse case on Standing Rock Reservation (January 11, 2016)
Velnita Jolette Hairy Chin was sentenced to 37 months after she admitted that she abused her infant in June 2015.

Carly McIntosh: The deep and dark secrets of Canadian history
Canada | Education | Opinion
Carly McIntosh: The deep and dark secrets of Canadian history (January 11, 2016)
The history of indigenous people must start being taught in every educational school across Canada.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe probes allegations of abuse at school
Education | Law
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe probes allegations of abuse at school (January 8, 2016)
A parent and a teacher are alleging child abuse and a cover-up at the Sasiwaans Immersion School.

MHA Nation citizen ordered to pay $109M in child abuse case
Law
MHA Nation citizen ordered to pay $109M in child abuse case (December 15, 2015)
Romeo Whitebird was just seven months old when he was beaten by his caretaker, who is now serving nine years in prison.

Blackfeet Nation council member ousted for harboring fugitive
Law | Politics
Blackfeet Nation council member ousted for harboring fugitive (November 20, 2015)
Cheryl Little Dog was accused of allowing a man who is facing sexual abuse charges to hide in her home on the reservation.

Native women to rally at Supreme Court for upcoming case
Law | National
Native women to rally at Supreme Court for upcoming case (November 11, 2015)
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.

Native women defend tribal jurisdiction in Supreme Court case
Business | Law | National
Native women defend tribal jurisdiction in Supreme Court case (October 26, 2015)
Native advocates are worried that the justices will send the wrong message to Native women and Native children, who are victimized at rates far higher than their counterparts.

Native women report years of abuse at hands of police officers
Canada | Law
Native women report years of abuse at hands of police officers (October 26, 2015)
Eight police officers in Val-d'Or, Quebec, have been placed on leave or transferred to administrative duty following allegations of abuse against Native women.

Director of FBI discusses Indian Country initiatives in testimony
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Director of FBI discusses Indian Country initiatives in testimony (October 22, 2015)
Homicide, crimes against children and felony assaults represent 75 percent of the agency's caseload.

Vi Waln: We all bear responsibility to discuss domestic violence
Law | Opinion
Vi Waln: We all bear responsibility to discuss domestic violence (October 20, 2015)
There are many incidents of domestic violence happening not only on our reservations, but all across the world.

Pioneering tribes share experiences with prosecuting non-Indians
Law | National | Politics
Pioneering tribes share experiences with prosecuting non-Indians (October 7, 2015)
The Tulalip Tribes and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe are finally bringing all domestic violence offenders to justice.

Little Traverse Bay Bands count few fluent language speakers
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Little Traverse Bay Bands count few fluent language speakers (September 28, 2015)
Only three people on and near the tribe's reservation in Michigan are considered to be fluent in Anishinaabemowin.

Nez Perce Tribe hosts conference to combat violence and abuse
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Nez Perce Tribe hosts conference to combat violence and abuse (September 9, 2015)
Participants received training on ways to address sexual abuse against women and against children.

Mary Annette Pember: Native women betrayed in violence fight
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Mary Annette Pember: Native women betrayed in violence fight (August 31, 2015)
Advocates for indigenous women are outraged by what they call Amnesty International’s betrayal of those caught in the murky world of sex trafficking.

Former Grand Traverse Band leader faces more abuse charges
Law | Politics
Former Grand Traverse Band leader faces more abuse charges (August 21, 2015)
Former chairman and former council member Derek Bailey is being accused of abusing minors in two different counties in Michigan.

Mary Annette Pember: Indian mother suffered through trauma
Opinion
Mary Annette Pember: Indian mother suffered through trauma (August 13, 2015)
Our growing knowledge about trauma is underscoring the depth of its impact not only on us but on our families as well.

Mary Annette Pember: Native girls in custody at sky-high rates
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.

Young man from Omaha Tribe sentenced for sexual abuse of child
Law
Young man from Omaha Tribe sentenced for sexual abuse of child (July 28, 2015)
Lawrence Merrick Jr., age 23, pleaded guilty for an incident that occurred on the reservation of the neighboring Winnebago Tribe.

Navajo Nation woman sentenced to year for death of daughter
Law | National
Navajo Nation woman sentenced to year for death of daughter (July 16, 2015)
The sentence for the death of 2-year-old Kiara Harvey was limited by the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Lac Du Flambeau Band  man sentenced for abusing young girls
Law
Lac Du Flambeau Band man sentenced for abusing young girls (June 30, 2015)
Edward Joseph Peterson will serve seven years in federal prison on top of a four-year sentence for abuse in the state of Wisconsin.

Mary Annette Pember: Sharing stories from boarding schools
Education | National
Mary Annette Pember: Sharing stories from boarding schools (June 29, 2015)
Denise Lajimodiere, a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribe, is working on a book containing ten of the most powerful survivor stories she’s collected over the past few years.

Mary Annette Pember: Boarding schools leave impact in US too
Education | Health | National
Mary Annette Pember: Boarding schools leave impact in US too (June 23, 2015)
Many more Native children were harmed in the U.S. than in Canada by boarding schools.

Elizabeth Hawksworth: Church owes apology to Native people
Canada | Education | Opinion
Elizabeth Hawksworth: Church owes apology to Native people (June 23, 2015)
I stand up now for the thousands of my brothers and sisters who were killed in the Canadian residential school genocide.

Elizabeth Morris: More funding won't stop Indian child abuse
Opinion
Elizabeth Morris: More funding won't stop Indian child abuse (June 22, 2015)
Handing additional funding and control to corrupt tribal leaders is not the best way to help victims.

Thomas King: No justice for Native people with residential schools
Canada | Education | Opinion
Thomas King: No justice for Native people with residential schools (June 11, 2015)
I believe in justice. I can’t say I’ve seen that much of it in my lifetime, but I like the concept.

Woman from Rosebud Sioux Tribe pleads guilty to child abuse
Law
Woman from Rosebud Sioux Tribe pleads guilty to child abuse (June 10, 2015)
Michelle Lynae Wounded Face, 25, admitted that she left two daughters, aged 2 and 4, alone in a car on a freezing-cold day on a North Dakota reservation.

Terese Marie Mailhot: A young Native life 'discarded' in Canada
Canada | Opinion
Terese Marie Mailhot: A young Native life 'discarded' in Canada (June 10, 2015)
Our women are walking on too quickly, before they actualize their potentials, before we can revel in their light, before we can tell them we're here.

Pamela Palmater: Genocide was outcome of residential schools
Canada | Education | Opinion
Pamela Palmater: Genocide was outcome of residential schools (June 9, 2015)
In Canada’s residential schools, many Indigenous children were beaten, tortured, raped, medically experimented on, and killed.

Mary Annette Pember: Healing from residential schools in Canada
Canada | Education
Mary Annette Pember: Healing from residential schools in Canada (June 9, 2015)
One of the first actions of Indian residential school administrators was to cut the children’s long hair, a terrible indignity for First Nations people that came to symbolize a cut with their cultures and families.

Opinion: U.S. and Canada hope Native people forget about genocide
Canada | Education | Opinion
Opinion: U.S. and Canada hope Native people forget about genocide (June 8, 2015)
We will never be able to reverse our wrongs. The only hope is that we forget, that they forget.

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