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Ivan Star Comes Out: Why are the travel expenses of OST so outlandish?
Ivan Star Comes Out: Why are the travel expenses of OST so outlandish? (February 17, 2020)

Throughout the 85-year history of an expertly disguised extension of federal authority, we 'savages' were never ever truly 'free.'


Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery
Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery (August 15, 2019)

George Tiger is being accused of soliciting and accepting bribes while working for the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town.


Clara Caufield: A sad development for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe
Clara Caufield: A sad development for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe (July 12, 2019)

Jace Killsback was considered one of the brightest and best. He just admitted to federal fraud charges.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death (July 11, 2019)

The descendants of Lakota people no longer have control over their lives.


Mark Trahant: The Indigenous woman who could bring down Canada's government
Mark Trahant: The Indigenous woman who could bring down Canada's government (March 6, 2019)

In the 1950s an Indigenous woman could not even hire a lawyer but in 2019 Jody Wilson-Raybould teaches a masters’ class in the rule of law.


George Wilson: Character assassination is far too common on the reservation
George Wilson: Character assassination is far too common on the reservation (January 10, 2019)

In the Oglala Sioux Tribe if you speak up and try to make a better life for the people you get blacklisted and slandered.


Chippewa Cree Tribe loses bid to silence whistleblower
Chippewa Cree Tribe loses bid to silence whistleblower (August 21, 2018)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe remains on the hook for nearly $650,000 for retaliating against a former chairman who blew the whistle on corruption.


Tribal corruption remains a target of the conservative media
Tribal corruption remains a target of the conservative media (August 1, 2018)

For 85 years tribal corruption has been a common theme on every reservation from Alaska to Florida.


Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars from federal contracts
Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars from federal contracts (October 3, 2017)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars in federal spending and the Bureau of Indian Affairs doesn't appear to be helping matters.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Rumors of corruption are flying at Pine Ridge
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Rumors of corruption are flying at Pine Ridge (September 8, 2017)

There are always rumors floating around the Pine Ridge Reservation and with social media in full swing, they can be spread all over whether they contain one iota of truth or not.


Chippewa Cree Tribe set to recover $2.5M from online lending firm
Chippewa Cree Tribe set to recover $2.5M from online lending firm (May 4, 2017)

The guilty pleas are the latest to emerge from a wide-ranging corruption investigation on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana.


Donald Trump supporter benefits from gutting of ethics office in Congress
Donald Trump supporter benefits from gutting of ethics office in Congress (January 3, 2017)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), the chair of Donald Trump's Native American Coalition, has been under an ethics investigation for a little over three years.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Corrupt system holds our people down in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Corrupt system holds our people down in South Dakota (December 16, 2016)

Down the road in 50 years, the Native population be in a position to make the changes to a system that has held us down since 1889.


Melanie Black Bull: Exposing corruption within the Oglala Sioux Tribe
Melanie Black Bull: Exposing corruption within the Oglala Sioux Tribe (November 11, 2016)

Since whistle blowing, certain tribal council members are coercing tribal employees to write complaints against me.


Ernestine Chasing Hawk: Exposing corruption on the reservation
Ernestine Chasing Hawk: Exposing corruption on the reservation (November 10, 2016)

When Melanie Two Eagle Black Bull wanted to share information that she perceived as corruption within the Oglala Sioux Tribe, she specifically asked for a journalist that was not an Oglala citizen.


James Giago Davies: Pulling back the curtain on tribal corruption
James Giago Davies: Pulling back the curtain on tribal corruption (November 9, 2016)

There’s this fictional place called the Cottonwood Reservation and what’s amazing about the place is how you would swear it was one of our actual Lakota reservations.


Rick Weiland: Voters in South Dakota can send a message to the entire nation
Rick Weiland: Voters in South Dakota can send a message to the entire nation (November 8, 2016)

South Dakota has an opportunity to lead the nation by passing three ballots measures that will dramatically reform our politics and send a message to Washington and the rest of the country.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer on the rez
Native Sun News Today Editorial: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer on the rez (October 28, 2016)

Today on many Indian reservations we have a corrupted system with little or no oversight.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe council member alleges more corruption
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe council member alleges more corruption (October 28, 2016)

A council member is speaking out in support of the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s treasurer who he said is doing the job the council hired her to do: uncover corruption and help put a stop to it.


James Giago Davies: Corruption keeps the privileged in power
James Giago Davies: Corruption keeps the privileged in power (October 27, 2016)

Corruption happens because the people in charge not only make it happen; they make sure it keeps happening.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe treasurer under fire after speaking out
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe treasurer under fire after speaking out (October 14, 2016)

Becoming the treasurer for the poorest people in the Nation hasn’t been an easy job for Melanie Two Eagle Black Bull.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe treasurer speaks out on corruption
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe treasurer speaks out on corruption (October 10, 2016)

A month into her job, Melanie Two Eagle Black Bull said she thought she was going to have a heart attack after looking at the tribe’s debt and their financial practices.


Jeffrey Whalen: Stand up to Oglala Sioux Tribe's terror of a treasurer
Jeffrey Whalen: Stand up to Oglala Sioux Tribe's terror of a treasurer (October 3, 2016)

We will find out that Melanie Two Eagle is just a bully who does not care about the people who she steps on while rising to the top.


Jeffrey Whalen: Oglala Sioux Tribe continues to get nothing done
Jeffrey Whalen: Oglala Sioux Tribe continues to get nothing done (August 26, 2016)

It seems like nothing gets done throughout the entire council term except there is a lot of travel, a lot of bickering, and a lot of worthless meetings.


Former Navajo Nation lawmakers sentenced for misuse of funds
Former Navajo Nation lawmakers sentenced for misuse of funds (August 25, 2016)

The tribe's special prosecutor alleged misuse of $843,535 in funds that were doled to lawmakers and their family members.


Jeffrey Whalen: Corruption is alive and well within the Oglala Sioux Tribe
Jeffrey Whalen: Corruption is alive and well within the Oglala Sioux Tribe (August 22, 2016)

I will not be held down by the Oglala Sioux Tribe because I write for the Oyate, not for the Tribe.


Another guilty plea in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal
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Another guilty plea in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal (July 1, 2016)

Brian Kelly Eagleman, a former council member, is the latest to admit guilt as part of a wide-ranging investigation on the reservation.


Tribal lenders face pressure as new rule aims to end 'debt traps'
Tribal lenders face pressure as new rule aims to end 'debt traps' (June 7, 2016)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a 1,341-page proposal that imposes standards on all lenders, including those operated by tribes.


Steve Russell: Clintons continue to get away with corrupt actions
Steve Russell: Clintons continue to get away with corrupt actions (June 7, 2016)

What are the voters to do? President Trump means we flame out; President Clinton means we rot.


James Giago Davies: Socialism isn't working for our reservations
James Giago Davies: Socialism isn't working for our reservations (June 3, 2016)

Socialism fails on reservations because the Bureau of Indian Affairs exists as a bureaucratic response to an annoying problem, not as an instrument of compassion and social justice.


Lending firm accused of stealing $3.5M from Chippewa Cree Tribe
Lending firm accused of stealing $3.5M from Chippewa Cree Tribe (April 13, 2016)

The case stems from a long-running investigation into corruption on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana.


Chippewa Cree Tribe yet to emerge from wide-ranging scandal
Chippewa Cree Tribe yet to emerge from wide-ranging scandal (March 29, 2016)

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Montana has uncovered a significant number of crimes on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in the last few years.


Chippewa Cree Tribe accused of overbilling Montana for pipeline
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Chippewa Cree Tribe accused of overbilling Montana for pipeline (February 26, 2016)

The alleged overbilling occurred when the head of the Montana tribe's construction company admitted he took bribes and accepted kickbacks.


Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne community center remains unfinished
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne community center remains unfinished (February 19, 2016)

Frustration about a long unfinished and botched community center recently fueled the re-election of new district officers in the small community of Busby.


Chippewa Cree Tribe received $420M in federal funds over five years
Chippewa Cree Tribe received $420M in federal funds over five years (December 3, 2015)

Tribal leaders, employees and associates have stolen millions of dollars through various theft, embezzlement and bribery schemes on the reservation.


Jim Kent: South Dakota lands in the news again for corruption
Jim Kent: South Dakota lands in the news again for corruption (November 24, 2015)

Surveys by a variety of entities, including Fortune Magazine, may consistently place South Dakota in the top 10 most corrupt states – but what do they know? Right?


Plea deal entered in Chippewa Cree Tribe online lending case
Plea deal entered in Chippewa Cree Tribe online lending case (November 17, 2015)

Neal Rosette and Billi Anne Morsette are admitting to bribery, theft and income tax charges and have agreed to repay the tribe a total of $1.2 million.


Editorial: Media quick to blame Indian programs for scandal
Editorial: Media quick to blame Indian programs for scandal (November 12, 2015)

The mainstream media is often too hasty to blame the misuse of state or federal dollars on Indian programs but take a hard look at what is happening in Pierre, South Dakota’s capitol.


Delphine Red Shirt: Scandal shuts down program for Indian youth
Delphine Red Shirt: Scandal shuts down program for Indian youth (October 8, 2015)

I lay awake at night thinking about the corruption and greed around the GEAR UP shut down and scandal.


More executives targeted in Chippewa Cree Tribe criminal probe
More executives targeted in Chippewa Cree Tribe criminal probe (August 31, 2015)

Three executives disclosed the investigation as part of a civil lawsuit filed against them by the tribe.


Ivan Star: Oglala Sioux government fails majority of our people
Ivan Star: Oglala Sioux government fails majority of our people (August 27, 2015)

I tried hard to see the good in our tribal government.


Former executives charged with theft from Chippewa Cree Tribe
Former executives charged with theft from Chippewa Cree Tribe (August 26, 2015)

Neal Rosette and Billi Anne Morsette are accused of writing checks to themselves and to entities controlled by a former chairman of the tribe.


Ivan Star: Teach our youth about traditional tribal government
Ivan Star: Teach our youth about traditional tribal government (August 20, 2015)

I have been hearing an occasional word or two among a small percentage of our young people regarding traditional government.


Another sentence in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal
Law
Another sentence in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal (July 30, 2015)

Larry Ray Denny abandoned his job at the Bureau of Land Management in Virginia in order to work for the tribe in Montana.


Former Chippewa Cree Tribe chair sentenced in corruption case
Law
Former Chippewa Cree Tribe chair sentenced in corruption case (July 29, 2015)

John "Chance" Houle admitted he accepted bribes and kickbacks from companies and vendors that did business with the tribe.


Ex-BLM official sentenced in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case
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Ex-BLM official sentenced in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case (July 8, 2015)

The probe reached all the way to a Bureau of Land Management office in Virginia where two former employees were convicted.


Two face sentencing as part of Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case
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Two face sentencing as part of Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case (July 7, 2015)

The probe reached all the way to a Bureau of Land Management office in Virginia where two employees have been convicted of crimes.


Chippewa Cree Tribe elects Ken St. Marks as chair for fourth time
Chippewa Cree Tribe elects Ken St. Marks as chair for fourth time (July 2, 2015)

Rivals have removed Ken St. Marks from office three times but keeps wining the support of the people.


Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption continues with more charges
Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption continues with more charges (June 25, 2015)

A businessman whose firm received $10.6 million in federal funds is accused of bribing the tribe's roads director in exchange for a contract.


Chippewa Cree Tribe faces additional review of federal funding
Chippewa Cree Tribe faces additional review of federal funding (June 23, 2015)

At least 18 people on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana have been caught stealing and auditors are worried about fraud.


Chippewa Cree Tribe rejects order to reinstate ousted leader
Chippewa Cree Tribe rejects order to reinstate ousted leader (May 4, 2015)

Chairman Ken St. Marks was the victim of retaliation, according to the Interior Department, but rival leaders won't be bringing him back on board.


Chippewa Cree Tribe ordered to pay $648K to ousted chairman
Chippewa Cree Tribe ordered to pay $648K to ousted chairman (April 29, 2015)

Ken St. Marks has won three elections but has repeatedly faced retaliation from his fellow council members.


Guilty pleas and sentences for Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption
Guilty pleas and sentences for Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption (April 20, 2015)

The former president of Stone Child College and her husband pleaded guilty to federal income tax fraud.


Another conviction from Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption probe
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Another conviction from Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption probe (March 27, 2015)

A former Bureau of Land Management official is the latest to be ensnared in the ongoing case.


Another guilty plea from Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case
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Another guilty plea from Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case (March 19, 2015)

A Bureau of Land Management employee engaged in contract work with the tribe will receiving his federal salary.


Defendant disputes plea in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case
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Defendant disputes plea in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case (March 16, 2015)

The crime stems from the transfer of a vehicle worth $25,000 to the tribe's former chairman, who was sentenced last week.


Four family members sentenced for theft from reservation town
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Four family members sentenced for theft from reservation town (March 16, 2015)

The town manager forged checks to herself and her family, stealing more than $132,000 in the process.


Former Chippewa Cree Tribe chairman sentenced to 34 months
Former Chippewa Cree Tribe chairman sentenced to 34 months (March 11, 2015)

Bruce Sunchild admitted that he accepted a Chevrolet Suburban -- a bribe worth $25,000 -- in exchange for steering a $300,000 tribal contract to an associate.


Leader of Chippewa Cree Tribe ousted from office for 3rd time
Leader of Chippewa Cree Tribe ousted from office for 3rd time (March 4, 2015)

Ken St. Marks accused his rivals on the council of 'making up lies' about him.


Minor setback in corruption probe on Rocky Boy's Reservation
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Minor setback in corruption probe on Rocky Boy's Reservation (February 23, 2015)

Melody Henry, the former president of Stone Child College, and her husband, who used to work at the college, were acquitted on all counts.