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High rate of infant deaths on Wind River Reservation in Wyoming
High rate of infant deaths on Wind River Reservation in Wyoming (January 9, 2013)

Infant death rates are twice as high on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, according to a state report. Based on data from 2001 to 2011, about 14 of 1,000...


Navajo Nation  charges parents   after son  found dead in the snow
Navajo Nation charges parents after son found dead in the snow (January 8, 2013)

The Navajo Nation has laid child endangerment charges against a couple whose eight-year-old son was found dead in the snow a day after Christmas. Tribal authorities say mother Yolanda Henio...


Winnebago Tribe breaks ground on first Educare on  a reservation
Winnebago Tribe breaks ground on first Educare on a reservation (May 31, 2012)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska broke ground on the first Educare in Indian Country. The $10 million facility will provide a preschool and daycare services on the reservation. It will...


Sen. Hoeven seeks answers on Spirit Lake social services
Sen. Hoeven seeks answers on Spirit Lake social services (April 25, 2012)

Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) is meeting with federal officials to discuss social services on the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation. Hoeven met with Yvette Roubideaux, the director of the Indian...


First Nation seeks better policies after boy wanders away
First Nation seeks better policies after boy wanders away (April 24, 2012)

Leaders of the Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba are seeking improved policies after a three-year-old boy wandered away from a daycare center on the reserve earlier this month. Stephanie...


Editorial: Too many Indian children ending up in foster care
Editorial: Too many Indian children ending up in foster care (March 29, 2012)

"For a hundred years, white people in America thought that the way to deal with Native Americans — those few who survived displacement — was to assimilate them, persuade them...


APRN: Alaska tribe to receive  overdue  child support  funding
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APRN: Alaska tribe to receive overdue child support funding (March 7, 2012)

"The State of Alaska agreed to release more than $50,000 to Central Council Tlingit and Haida Tribe’s Child Support Unit. The court agreement allows the Council to disperse the money...


Alaska tribe to receive child welfare funds under agreement
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Alaska tribe to receive child welfare funds under agreement (March 1, 2012)

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska will receive about $50,000 in child welfare funds pending final resolution of a lawsuit in state court. The tribe...


MPR: Tribes concerned about high   foster care placement rate
MPR: Tribes concerned about high foster care placement rate (December 1, 2011)

"Each year about 1,500 American Indian children in Minnesota spend time in foster care or other out-of-home-care, often after allegations of neglect or substance abuse by a parent. In Minnesota,...


More and more Indian children put in foster care in Minnesota
More and more Indian children put in foster care in Minnesota (November 28, 2011)

More and more American Indian children are being placed in foster care in Minnesota, The Twin Cities Daily Planet reports. American Indians make up 1.4 percent of the child population...


APTN: Investigation ordered into 'spying' on Native advocate
APTN: Investigation ordered into 'spying' on Native advocate (November 18, 2011)

"The deputy minister of Aboriginal Affairs is investigating whether department officials broke privacy rules in their surveillance of First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock. Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said...


Column: Canada treats First Nations advocates like criminals
Column: Canada treats First Nations advocates like criminals (November 16, 2011)

"Why is the federal government spying on Cindy Blackstock? When does a life-long advocate for aboriginal children become an enemy of the state? The answer, it would seem, is when...


APTN: Canadian government spies on Native youth advocate
APTN: Canadian government spies on Native youth advocate (November 15, 2011)

"The federal Aboriginal Affairs department has been spying on a high-profile campaigner for First Nations children, documents show. The department has amassed a large file on Cindy Blackstock, who heads...


Spirit Lake man charged with attempted murder after fires
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Spirit Lake man charged with attempted murder after fires (November 15, 2011)

A man from the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota faces assault and attempted murder charges after he allegedly started two fires off the reservation. Lyndon Galen Greybear, 29,...


Foster parents  of Hualapai  Tribe could face charges in death
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Foster parents of Hualapai Tribe could face charges in death (November 15, 2011)

A foster couple from the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona could face charges for the death of an 8-month-old boy who was in their care. The boy, identified as David Whatahomigie,...


Woman avoids prison over  death of Cheyenne-Arapaho child
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Woman avoids prison over death of Cheyenne-Arapaho child (November 8, 2011)

An Oklahoma woman was fined and assessed a total of $15,150 in connection with the death of a 2-year-old member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. Amy Holder, 40,...


Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes rally  for stronger   child abuse law
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes rally for stronger child abuse law (November 3, 2011)

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma held a rally at the State Capitol on Wednesday to call for tougher child abuse laws. Tribal members were spurred into action...


Alaska judge rules for tribe in Indian child welfare case
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Alaska judge rules for tribe in Indian child welfare case (October 31, 2011)

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes can resolve Indian child welfare cases in its own court, a judge in Alaska ruled last week. The tribe sued the...


NPR Investigates: Foster children   finding their way home
NPR Investigates: Foster children finding their way home (October 27, 2011)

"Dwayne Stenstrom is a professor of American history. His office is lined with towers of obscure books and poetry on the walls. There's even a copy of the Declaration of...


NPR Investigation: Indian children being taken from tribes
NPR Investigation: Indian children being taken from tribes (October 26, 2011)

"Nearly 700 Native American children in South Dakota are being removed from their homes every year, sometimes in questionable circumstances. An NPR News investigation has found that the state is...


MSU Mag: Educator ensures Indian students get  a Head Start
MSU Mag: Educator ensures Indian students get a Head Start (October 13, 2011)

"For Laura Massey, sitting down with a writer for a magazine interview is nothing new. After all, the early childhood education professor in Montana State University's College of Education, Health...


Editorial: Clarity needed for disputes over tribal child support
Editorial: Clarity needed for disputes over tribal child support (October 10, 2011)

"In a case that has done little to clarify the muddled laws that define Indian tribes' sovereignty, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians in San Diego County is nevertheless to...


Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes pushes for prison over child's death
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Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes pushes for prison over child's death (October 6, 2011)

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma are supporting a letter writing campaign that seeks prison time for a woman who was convicted in connection with the death of...


Viejas Band garnishes per capita payout in child support case
Viejas Band garnishes per capita payout in child support case (October 6, 2011)

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians in California passed a resolution in June to recognize child support orders on a case-by-case basis. The resolution allowed the tribe to review a...


Crystal Willcuts: Teach  our children about tolerance, not hate
Crystal Willcuts: Teach our children about tolerance, not hate (September 8, 2011)

"Have you noticed how much anger there is in the world? As I was driving my car one day, I found myself behind a car with two bumper stickers. One...


Crow Reservation woman charged for homicide of  3-year-old boy
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Crow Reservation woman charged for homicide of 3-year-old boy (August 24, 2011)

A woman from the Crow Reservation in Montana has been charged in connection with the death of a 3-year-old boy. Lavonna Bird, 50, was charged with negligent homicide. She is...


Number of Native children in   care at an all-time high in Canada
Number of Native children in care at an all-time high in Canada (August 2, 2011)

The number of Native children in care in Canada has surpassed the number during the height of the residential school system, according to a First Nations leader hired by the...


Crystal Willcuts: Native women need  men in our families' lives
Crystal Willcuts: Native women need men in our families' lives (July 29, 2011)

"Some fathers don’t realize how important they are to their children. Whether they are involved parents or not, their role is critical. If they aren’t there anymore or were never...


Column: ICWA helps  bad  Cherokee parents hold onto their   son
Column: ICWA helps bad Cherokee parents hold onto their son (July 28, 2011)

"Brian and Charity Miller, the Dexter parents who chained their 5-year-old son to a bed, will keep their parental rights. What! Yes, as sad as it was to read, Judge...


Inquiry pending in death of five-year-old Native girl  in Manitoba
Inquiry pending in death of five-year-old Native girl in Manitoba (June 30, 2011)

An inquest into the death of a five-year-old Native girl in Manitoba probably won't begin until November, an attorney said. Phoenix Sinclair was killed in June 2005. Her body was...


Social service director fired after death of Eastern Cherokee girl
Social service director fired after death of Eastern Cherokee girl (June 29, 2011)

The director of the Swain County, North Carolina, Department of Social Services has been fired amid a probe into the death of a 15-month-old girl who was a member of...


Child pornography investigation grew out of BIA email probe
Child pornography investigation grew out of BIA email probe (June 22, 2011)

The Inspector General at the Interior Department helped uncover a child pornography case as part of a probe into an email sent to a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee. A...


Delaware Tribe to        close child care center due to budget cuts
Delaware Tribe to close child care center due to budget cuts (June 17, 2011)

The Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma will close one of its early childhood centers due to budget cuts. The Caney Early Care and Education Center serves children up to age four....


No suspects into homicide of three-year-old Puyallup  boy
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No suspects into homicide of three-year-old Puyallup boy (April 21, 2011)

Authorities in Washington haven't identified any suspects in connection with the death of Zebidiah Izaya Ronald Pluff, who was a member of the member of the Puyallup Tribe. Pluff,...


Death of three-year-old Puyallup boy treated as   homicide
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Death of three-year-old Puyallup boy treated as homicide (April 20, 2011)

Authorities are treating the death of a three-year-old member of the Puyallup Tribe of Washington as a homicide. Zebidiah Izaya Ronald Pluff died on April 13. The autopsy listed...


WeNews:  Seeking justice for Indian victims in South Dakota
WeNews: Seeking justice for Indian victims in South Dakota (April 11, 2011)

""When the nuns wanted you at night, they'd come get you from the dorm," recalled Mary Jane Wanna Drum, 64, who as a young child lived at one of South...


Vi Waln: Protecting Indian women and children from  violence
Vi Waln: Protecting Indian women and children from violence (April 11, 2011)

President Barack Obama has issued an Executive Proclamation designating the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. He also signed an Executive Proclamation naming April as Sexual Assault Awareness...


County social service director on leave  after   Cherokee  death
County social service director on leave after Cherokee death (March 29, 2011)

The director of the Swain County Department of Social Services has been placed on leave amid an investigation into the death of a young member of the Eastern Band of...


County  social workers banned  from handling Eastern Cherokee
County social workers banned from handling Eastern Cherokee (March 22, 2011)

The North Carolina Division of Social Services has barred five Swain County social workers from working on cases involving members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The tribe asked...


Eastern Cherokees consider taking child services from county
Eastern Cherokees consider taking child services from county (March 17, 2011)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians might start its own child welfare service in response to the death of a girl who was in the care of Swain County, North...


Column: Putting Native youth in Native homes doesn't always work
Column: Putting Native youth in Native homes doesn't always work (February 2, 2011)

"About five years ago, the province, under pressure from aboriginal leaders, decided that, all things being equal, it was best to put aboriginal children taken from their parents into the...