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Red Fawn Fallis sentenced to nearly five years for #NoDAPL incident
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Red Fawn Fallis sentenced to nearly five years for #NoDAPL incident (July 13, 2018)

A non-fatal gun incident will keep Dakota Access Pipeline opponent Red Fawn Fallis in federal prison.

White Mountain Apache man sentenced for death of 16-year-old girl
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White Mountain Apache man sentenced for death of 16-year-old girl (July 11, 2018)

'She was destined to accomplish so much,' the sister of young victim Katherine Irene Tortice said.

Charges filed for deaths of Lakota mother and her 14-year-old son
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Charges filed for deaths of Lakota mother and her 14-year-old son (July 9, 2018)

A driver is facing just a year in jail for a crash that took the lives of Lynell Morrison-Cash and her son, Waylon, 14.

Community on Navajo Nation terrorized by 'Red Skin Kingz' gang
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Community on Navajo Nation terrorized by 'Red Skin Kingz' gang (July 6, 2018)

The leaders of the Red Skin Kingz, a violent gang on the Navajo Nation, were finally brought to justice after years of brutal crimes.

Blackfeet Nation sends warning to drug dealers with banishment decision
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Blackfeet Nation sends warning to drug dealers with banishment decision (June 27, 2018)

The Blackfeet Nation is accusing federal prosecutors of failing to take action against drug dealers.

Prosecutors drop charges in fatal stabbing on Northern Cheyenne Reservation
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Prosecutors drop charges in fatal stabbing on Northern Cheyenne Reservation (June 26, 2018)

Federal prosecutors have dropped charges in connection with a fatal stabbing on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana.

Tribes eligible for victim services funding for the first time
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Tribes eligible for victim services funding for the first time (June 26, 2018)

Thanks to bipartisan action on Capitol Hill, tribes are receiving a set-aside of the national Crime Victims Fund for the first time.

Graham Lee Brewer: Colonial violence on the Tohono O'odham Nation
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Graham Lee Brewer: Colonial violence on the Tohono O'odham Nation (June 25, 2018)

Tribal members positioned to help Border Patrol are instead getting run down by its agents.

Cronkite News: Trump shifts immigration debate to crime after rocky week
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Cronkite News: Trump shifts immigration debate to crime after rocky week (June 25, 2018)

So-called 'Angel Families' told President Trump that separation of families is a small price to pay for border security.

Supreme Court poised to take action on some major Indian law petitions
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Supreme Court poised to take action on some major Indian law petitions (June 18, 2018)

The Supreme Court is almost finished with its current term, one in which Indian Country fared surprisingly well. But the drama isn't over yet.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect Native women and children
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Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect Native women and children (June 18, 2018)

Native women suffer from violent crime at some of the highest rates in the United States.

'They ran me over, bro': Tohono O'odham Nation investigates Border Patrol incident
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'They ran me over, bro': Tohono O'odham Nation investigates Border Patrol incident (June 15, 2018)

The Tohono O'odham Nation has opened a criminal investigation after one of its citizens was struck by a Border Patrol vehicle.

Former vice chairman of Quapaw Tribe sentenced in sex offender case
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Former vice chairman of Quapaw Tribe sentenced in sex offender case (June 6, 2018)

A former leader of the Quapaw Tribe has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for attempting to engage in sexual activity with a minor.

Supreme Court delays action for ninth time in Indian Country violence case
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Supreme Court delays action for ninth time in Indian Country violence case (June 5, 2018)

The Supreme Court has once again delayed action in an Indian Country violence case that few believe has a chance at being heard.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation suspends official after drunken driving charge
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Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation suspends official after drunken driving charge (June 5, 2018)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation suspended its chief of staff after he was arrested and jailed for a drunken driving accident.

Cronkite News: Head of Homeland Secretary refutes reports of 'lost' children
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Cronkite News: Head of Homeland Secretary refutes reports of 'lost' children (June 1, 2018)

'If you come here illegally, whether you’re single, whether you have a family ... you’ve broken the law," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.

Graham Lee Brewer: Death penalty case poses test for tribal sovereignty
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Graham Lee Brewer: Death penalty case poses test for tribal sovereignty (May 30, 2018)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a death penalty case that could significantly change the legal definition of Indian Country in Oklahoma.

Supreme Court delays action yet again on Indian Country violence case
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Supreme Court delays action yet again on Indian Country violence case (May 29, 2018)

The Supreme Court has had a busy few months dealing with Indian law cases but one petition seems to be troubling the justices a bit.

Michigan's highest court accepts case affecting tribe's status as 'local' government
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Michigan's highest court accepts case affecting tribe's status as 'local' government (May 25, 2018)

A citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians whose criminal past is hurting his political ambitions is taking his case to a higher power.

Muscogee Nation clashes with state in reservation boundary dispute
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Muscogee Nation clashes with state in reservation boundary dispute (May 21, 2018)

The Muscogee Nation and the state of Oklahoma are headed into a historic sovereignty clash thanks to the Supreme Court.

Indian activist known for anti-mascot work pleads guilty to theft
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Indian activist known for anti-mascot work pleads guilty to theft (May 17, 2018)

Apache activist Robert Roche, who appeared in an iconic photo confronting a baseball fan, faces prison time for stealing federal funds.

Three men accused raping 9-year-old Native girl in Utah found not guilty
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Three men accused raping 9-year-old Native girl in Utah found not guilty (May 14, 2018)

Despite the testimony of the Native victim, now 11 years old, a jury cleared three men of sexual assault.

Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again
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Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again (May 14, 2018)

For the third time in an Indian law case, the nation's highest court has asked the Trump administration for guidance despite a lack of leadership in key executive positions.

Cronkite News: Tribes are slowly reclaiming authority over their homelands
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Cronkite News: Tribes are slowly reclaiming authority over their homelands (May 9, 2018)

For decades, tribal law enforcement had to refer serious crime to federal or state agencies with scant resources – and little interest, critics say – to investigate those crimes.

Nooksack Tribe elects felon as chairman after kicking out 306 people again
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Nooksack Tribe elects felon as chairman after kicking out 306 people again (May 8, 2018)

The Nooksack Tribe has a new slate of leaders, including a chairman who was convicted of stealing from the tribe.

Three men go on trial for allegedly raping 9-year-old Native girl
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Three men go on trial for allegedly raping 9-year-old Native girl (May 7, 2018)

Three men are on trial in Utah state court for allegedly sexually assaulting a 9-year-old Native girl two years ago.

'Why wasn't his dash cam on?' Native community demands accountability from police
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'Why wasn't his dash cam on?' Native community demands accountability from police (May 4, 2018)

Protestors gathered at the Hall of Justice in Lincoln, Nebraska, to question police treatment of the Native community.

Native Sun News Today: Origins of the federal government's 'plenary power' in Indian Country
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Native Sun News Today: Origins of the federal government's 'plenary power' in Indian Country (May 4, 2018)

Throughout Indian Country tribal governments assume that the United States is bound to Indian treaty obligations.

Lakota man's leg broken in incident with police officers in Nebraska
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Lakota man's leg broken in incident with police officers in Nebraska (April 30, 2018)

A 28-year-old Oglala Lakota man’s leg was broken after being chased by police and being struck by a police cruiser in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters
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Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters (April 26, 2018)

Efforts continue in the nation's capital to raise awareness of the large numbers of Native women and girls who go missing and murdered every year.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation official charged with drunken driving
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Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation official charged with drunken driving (April 25, 2018)

The chief of staff for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and his sons were involved in a serious accident in southern California.

Man accused of killing indigenous healer dies in apparent lynching in Peru
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Man accused of killing indigenous healer dies in apparent lynching in Peru (April 23, 2018)

Olivia Arévalo, an 81-year-old indigenous leader, was killed in Peru and her community apparently took justice in its own hands.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: An Indian man walks into court and asks a judge to do the right thing
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Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: An Indian man walks into court and asks a judge to do the right thing (April 20, 2018)

It was an astonishing day for Chase Iron Eyes as he went before a white-man judge in North Dakota.

Fired police officer won't go to trial for death of Native man until next year
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Fired police officer won't go to trial for death of Native man until next year (April 20, 2018)

The Native community is demanding justice for the death of Zachary Bearheels at the hands of police officers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cronkite News: Former sheriff pardoned by Trump seeks to clear conviction
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Cronkite News: Former sheriff pardoned by Trump seeks to clear conviction (April 19, 2018)

A controversial former sheriff who targeted Native people and other minorities is trying to clear his record.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court strikes down law linked to violent crime
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Cronkite News: Supreme Court strikes down law linked to violent crime (April 18, 2018)

The Supreme Court ruled that a federal law allowing deportation of immigrants who commit 'crimes of violence' was unconstitutionally vague, a decision hailed by Arizona immigration lawyers as promising.

Jeffrey Whalen: Rancher takes on the Bureau of Indian Affairs and wins
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Jeffrey Whalen: Rancher takes on the Bureau of Indian Affairs and wins (April 12, 2018)

Curtis Temple, a rancher on the Pine Ridge Reservation, is fighting back after his cattle was seized.

Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe
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Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe (April 10, 2018)

As school teachers across the nation walk out in protest of inadequate funding, some in Indian Country found a way to cope with their below-average salaries.

Mary Annette Pember: #Omnibus funds program for Native crime victims
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Mary Annette Pember: #Omnibus funds program for Native crime victims (April 6, 2018)

'We were literally crying in gratitude when we heard the news,' an advocate for Native women told Rewire.

Editorial: Drugs and alcohol are ruining our way of life in Lakota country
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Editorial: Drugs and alcohol are ruining our way of life in Lakota country (April 6, 2018)

It is a shame and an embarrassment for the families and for that matter all Native Americans about the Lakota men and women that are so horribly abusing the hoksiyopa (children) that we all consider to be Sacred.

Young Santee Sioux man shot by police officer while being dragged on ground
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Young Santee Sioux man shot by police officer while being dragged on ground (April 5, 2018)

Micah Taylor was on his way to pick up his spiritual adviser to go to a sweat lodge when he was stopped by police officers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Native Sun News Today: Pine Ridge mother pleads guilty to murder of son
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Native Sun News Today: Pine Ridge mother pleads guilty to murder of son (April 5, 2018)

The death of 2 year-old Kylen Shangreaux sent shockwaves through the Pine Ridge Reservation, also bringing national attention to the toddler’s community and family.

Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case
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Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case (April 3, 2018)

The Trump administration is siding with industry interests in a closely-watched reservation boundary case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.

'Creepy' Eastern Cherokee bail bondsman pleads guilty for abuse
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'Creepy' Eastern Cherokee bail bondsman pleads guilty for abuse (March 28, 2018)

An Eastern Cherokee bail bondsman who victimized women on the reservation is facing prison time.

Sentences handed down for child abuse on Pine Ridge Reservation
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Sentences handed down for child abuse on Pine Ridge Reservation (March 14, 2018)

A child abuse case on the Pine Ridge Reservation has resulted in sentences for a woman and her sister as other defendants await action.

Native Sun News Today: Young Lakota inmate learns lesson from brutal crime
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Native Sun News Today: Young Lakota inmate learns lesson from brutal crime (March 13, 2018)

Carlos Christopher Quevedo, 18, is set to be sentenced for second degree murder for the brutal stabbing death of a convenience store clerk in South Dakota.

Pueblo man convicted of brutal murder turned away by Supreme Court
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Pueblo man convicted of brutal murder turned away by Supreme Court (March 5, 2018)

A Jemez Pueblo man who was convicted of murdering a woman from the Navajo Nation will remain behind bars after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal.

Oglala Sioux woman headed to trial for allegedly murdering her husband
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Oglala Sioux woman headed to trial for allegedly murdering her husband (February 26, 2018)

A citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe is accused of murdering her husband, Brian Garrett, who was a tribal police officer.

Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court
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Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court (February 21, 2018)

An unusually large number of Indian law petitions have been presented to the nation's highest court as tribes face continued challenges to their sovereignty.

Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks investigation into misuse of education funds
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Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks investigation into misuse of education funds (February 21, 2018)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is calling on authorities to investigate the misuse of federal education funds in South Dakota.

Indictment cites 'wokeaztec' account in Russian influence campaign
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Indictment cites 'wokeaztec' account in Russian influence campaign (February 20, 2018)

An agency of the Russian government created fake accounts in order to promote Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, according to a federal indictment.

Lac du Flambeau Band ties recent murder to gangs and drug dealers
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Lac du Flambeau Band ties recent murder to gangs and drug dealers (February 15, 2018)

Five people have been charged in connection with the murder of a citizen of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

Ex-Indian education official pleaded guilty to attempted voyeurism
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Ex-Indian education official pleaded guilty to attempted voyeurism (February 12, 2018)

William Mendoza left his post as executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education because he was under investigation for voyeurism.

Activists seek action on unsolved deaths in Pine Ridge Reservation border town
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Activists seek action on unsolved deaths in Pine Ridge Reservation border town (February 7, 2018)

Activists in Nebraska are continuing the fight for justice in Whiteclay, calling on law enforcement to investigate several unsolved deaths and murders in the reservation border town.

Red Fawn Fallis stays jailed for #NoDAPL gun shooting incident
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Red Fawn Fallis stays jailed for #NoDAPL gun shooting incident (February 6, 2018)

Red Fawn Fallis will remain jailed while she awaits sentencing in connection with a non-fatal gun shooting incident during the #NoDAPL standoff in North Dakota.

Defendant sentenced for kidnapping and murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman
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Defendant sentenced for kidnapping and murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman (February 2, 2018)

One of two defendants charged in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Savanna Marie Greywind, a young citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation, was sentenced for her role in the crime.

Former employee of Ute Tribe charged with nine counts of extortion
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Former employee of Ute Tribe charged with nine counts of extortion (January 25, 2018)

A former employee of the Ute Tribe is accused of extorting $110,000 from companies and individuals doing business on the reservation in Utah.

Cronkite News: Border Patrol agents accused of vandalism in Arizona
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Cronkite News: Border Patrol agents accused of vandalism in Arizona (January 25, 2018)

Seven humanitarian aid workers with the advocacy group No More Deaths are facing multiple federal misdemeanor charges, while another volunteer has been charged with harboring undocumented immigrants, a felony.

Red Fawn Fallis enters guilty plea for #NoDAPL gun shooting incident
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Red Fawn Fallis enters guilty plea for #NoDAPL gun shooting incident (January 23, 2018)

Red Fawn Fallis, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is facing a prison term for firing a gun during the #NoDAPL protests in North Dakota.

Osage Nation's 'Reign of Terror' gains renewed attention with book and film
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Osage Nation's 'Reign of Terror' gains renewed attention with book and film (January 11, 2018)

Jim Gray won’t forget. His parents made sure of that, naming him for a great-grandfather who fell victim to greed and racism, along with so many Osage people.