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Native Sun News Today: Family seeks justice for murder on Pine Ridge Reservation

Native Sun News Today: Family seeks justice for murder on Pine Ridge Reservation (September 14, 2017)
The family of Vincent 'Vinny' Brewer, Jr. are still coping with the loss of their loved one to violence on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Authorities in Brazil open investigation into reported 'genocide' of isolated tribe
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Authorities in Brazil open investigation into reported 'genocide' of isolated tribe (September 11, 2017)
Federal prosecutors are looking into a reported 'genocide' at an isolated tribal community in the Amazons of Brazil.

Indian lawmaker who resigned indicted for sex trafficking and child pornography
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Indian lawmaker who resigned indicted for sex trafficking and child pornography (September 7, 2017)
An Indian lawmaker who resigned from his seat in Oklahoma has been indicted on federal sex trafficking and child pornography charges.

Two charged in connection with kidnapping and murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman
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Two charged in connection with kidnapping and murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman (August 28, 2017)
A North Dakota couple is facing kidnapping and murder charges in connection with the disappearance and death of a young woman from the Spirit Lake Nation.

Oklahoma plans to ask court to reconsider ruling on Muscogee Nation boundaries
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Oklahoma plans to ask court to reconsider ruling on Muscogee Nation boundaries (August 24, 2017)
A landmark decision that affirmed the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is already having an impact on cases in Oklahoma.

Appeals court affirms conviction in Northern Cheyenne Tribe manslaughter case
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Appeals court affirms conviction in Northern Cheyenne Tribe manslaughter case (August 22, 2017)
A citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe can be prosecuted by tribal and federal authorities for the same crime because they are separate sovereigns, a federal appeals court ruled.

YES! Magazine: Statistics show White people are safer in diverse communities
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YES! Magazine: Statistics show White people are safer in diverse communities (August 21, 2017)
New data on violent deaths shows that all people are safer living in diverse places—but especially White people.

Department of Justice invites more tribes to gain acccess to criminal databases
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Department of Justice invites more tribes to gain acccess to criminal databases (August 17, 2017)
The Department of Justice is expanding a program that gives tribes access to federal criminal databases.

Muscogee Nation issues citizenship card to former police officer accused of murder
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Muscogee Nation issues citizenship card to former police officer accused of murder (August 14, 2017)
A landmark court ruling that confirmed the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is already having an impact in Oklahoma.

Department of Justice opens civil rights investigation into Charlottesville death
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Department of Justice opens civil rights investigation into Charlottesville death (August 14, 2017)
Federal authorities have opened a 'civil rights investigation' into the death of a woman at a White supremacist rally as President Donald Trump continues to face questions about his handling of the incident.

Oglala Sioux Tribe secures restitution for funds stolen by former district official
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Oglala Sioux Tribe secures restitution for funds stolen by former district official (August 11, 2017)
A former district official who stole funds from the Oglala Sioux Tribe has agreed to pay $2,500 in restitution.

Non-Indian man sentenced to life in prison  for murder and assault on Crow Reservation
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Non-Indian man sentenced to life in prison for murder and assault on Crow Reservation (August 10, 2017)
A non-Indian man was sentenced to life in federal prison for a double homicide and assault on the Crow Reservation in Montana.

Crow Tribe mourns shooting victims as details remain scarce about triple homicide
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Crow Tribe mourns shooting victims as details remain scarce about triple homicide (August 10, 2017)
Two citizens of the Crow Tribe were laid to rest in Montana as federal authorities continue to investigate a triple homicide.

Crow Tribe weighs stronger response after site of triple homicide burns to ground
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Crow Tribe weighs stronger response after site of triple homicide burns to ground (August 9, 2017)
Leaders of the Crow Tribe continue to look for ways to address violent crime after a shooting left three citizens dead and two others injured.

Muscogee Nation welcomes decision affirming the boundaries of its reservation
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Muscogee Nation welcomes decision affirming the boundaries of its reservation (August 9, 2017)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is welcoming a federal court decision that confirms the boundaries of its reservation in Oklahoma remain intact.

Muscogee Nation citizen wins reversal of death penalty conviction in Oklahoma
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Muscogee Nation citizen wins reversal of death penalty conviction in Oklahoma (August 8, 2017)
A citizen of the Muscogee Nation has secured a stunning court victory that not only reverses his death penalty conviction but also reaffirms the historic boundaries of his tribe's reservation.

Crow Tribe seeks to improve public safety after shooting deaths of three citizens
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Crow Tribe seeks to improve public safety after shooting deaths of three citizens (August 8, 2017)
Federal authorities continue to investigate a shooting that left three citizens of the Crow Tribe dead and two others injured.

Crow Tribe blames drugs and gangs for fatal shooting on reservation in Montana
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Crow Tribe blames drugs and gangs for fatal shooting on reservation in Montana (August 7, 2017)
The leader of the Crow Tribe is blaming drugs and gangs for a shooting that left three people dead and two others injured.

Cronkite News: Victim of racial profiling celebrates verdict against Trump ally
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Cronkite News: Victim of racial profiling celebrates verdict against Trump ally (August 4, 2017)
The driver who was at the heart of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s contempt of court case said the sheriff’s guilty verdict shows 'justice is being served,' but he is still affected by the encounter seven years ago.

Employee of Navajo Nation office charged for bringing gun to U.S. Capitol
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Employee of Navajo Nation office charged for bringing gun to U.S. Capitol (August 2, 2017)
An employee of the Navajo Nation Washington Office has pleaded not guilty for carrying a firearm into a U.S. Capitol building.

Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl
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Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl (August 2, 2017)
A citizen of the Navajo Nation was sentenced to life in federal prison after pleading guilty for the murder of an 11-year-old girl.

Court upholds conviction in Northern Cheyenne domestic violence case
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Court upholds conviction in Northern Cheyenne domestic violence case (August 1, 2017)
A citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was convicted of assaulting his common-law wife has lost an attempt to silence his victim.

Cronkite News: Trump ally found guilty of contempt in racial profiling case
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Cronkite News: Trump ally found guilty of contempt in racial profiling case (August 1, 2017)
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is guilty of criminal contempt for deliberately defying a court order arising from a racial profiling case, a federal judge in Arizona ruled.

Navajo citizen scheduled for change of plea hearing for death of 11-year-old girl
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Navajo citizen scheduled for change of plea hearing for death of 11-year-old girl (July 31, 2017)
A Navajo Nation citizen who is accused of murdering an 11-year-old girl is due for a change of plea hearing in federal court.

Fort Peck Reservation defendants given lengthy sentences for crimes against children
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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.

Two police officers charged with assault for death of Rosebud Sioux citizen
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Two police officers charged with assault for death of Rosebud Sioux citizen (July 27, 2017)
Zachary Bearheels died after being repeatedly punched and shocked with a stun gun by police officers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sherwood Valley Band calls in authorities to take down marijuana operation
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Sherwood Valley Band calls in authorities to take down marijuana operation (July 27, 2017)
Tribal, local and federal authorities raided a marijuana operation on the Sherwood Valley Rancheria in northern California.

Comanche Nation hails indictment against former tax commission worker
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Comanche Nation hails indictment against former tax commission worker (July 26, 2017)
A former employee of the Comanche Nation is being accused of stealing from the Oklahoma-based tribe.

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.

Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States
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Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States (July 24, 2017)
American Indian and Alaska Native women experience one of the highest homicide rates in the nation and nearly half die at the hands of an intimate partner.

Navajo Nation citizen Carol Surveyor announces run for Congress in Utah
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Navajo Nation citizen Carol Surveyor announces run for Congress in Utah (July 24, 2017)
Carol Surveyor, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is hoping to become the first Native woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Mary Annette Pember: Oglala Sioux Tribe works on law enforcement pact
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Mary Annette Pember: Oglala Sioux Tribe works on law enforcement pact (July 17, 2017)
High rates of violent crime -- including 17 homicides last year -- have prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribe to enter into talks with local law enforcement.

Former Indian Health Service executive indicted for accepting cash gift
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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.

Bureau of Indian Affairs officers can't be sued for arresting non-Indian in Montana
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Bureau of Indian Affairs officers can't be sued for arresting non-Indian in Montana (July 12, 2017)
A non-Indian woman who contested the jurisdiction of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has lost another lawsuit.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe council member resigns after drug charge
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Saginaw Chippewa Tribe council member resigns after drug charge (July 7, 2017)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe accepted the resignation of a council member who is facing a felony drug charge.

Tulalip Tribes citizen sentenced for role in takeover of federal refuge
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Tulalip Tribes citizen sentenced for role in takeover of federal refuge (July 7, 2017)
Eric Lee Flores, a young citizen of the Tulalip Tribes, was sentenced to probation and home detention for his role in the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Habematolel Pomo citizen killed in domestic violence incident in California
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Habematolel Pomo citizen killed in domestic violence incident in California (July 6, 2017)
The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake is raising funds to help the family of a citizen who was killed in a domestic violence incident.

Hobby Lobby agrees to $3M fine for importing thousands of artifacts
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Hobby Lobby agrees to $3M fine for importing thousands of artifacts (July 6, 2017)
According to federal authorities, Hobby Lobby purchased more than 5,500 clay artifacts from dealers in the Middle East but did not confirm whether the items had been properly acquired.

Family from Crow Tribe wins right to pursue lawsuit against federal agent
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Family from Crow Tribe wins right to pursue lawsuit against federal agent (June 27, 2017)
A family from the Crow Tribe is closer to securing some justice for the loss of their loved one in Montana.

Native woman was jailed and forced to ride with assailant during trial
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Native woman was jailed and forced to ride with assailant during trial (June 22, 2017)
Authorities in Alberta, Canada, are investigating the treatment of a Native woman who was incarcerated and kept in shackles even though she was the victim of a sexual assault.

Montana tribes get new member of Congress who pleaded guilty to assault
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Montana tribes get new member of Congress who pleaded guilty to assault (June 22, 2017)
The state of Montana has a new representative in the halls of Congress though he didn't garner much support in Indian Country.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe orders 20 non-citizens to leave reservation
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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe orders 20 non-citizens to leave reservation (June 21, 2017)
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is enforcing its exclusion policy against people accused of engaging in criminal activity on the reservation in New York.

Incoming member of Congress negotiating plea deal for assault
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Incoming member of Congress negotiating plea deal for assault (June 8, 2017)
Republican Greg Gianforte lost the Native vote but was successful overall in his bid to represent Montana in the U.S. House.

Federal judge confirms land within reservation in New Mexico is Indian Country
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Federal judge confirms land within reservation in New Mexico is Indian Country (June 6, 2017)
A tribal citizen who was convicted of second-degree murder was rightfully prosecuted in federal court, a federal judge in New Mexico has concluded.

Prison sentence for fatal overdose of mother from Quileute Tribe
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Prison sentence for fatal overdose of mother from Quileute Tribe (June 5, 2017)
Felisha Jackson, 28, died after ingesting heroin

Indian gang figures sentenced for running drug ring from prison
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Indian gang figures sentenced for running drug ring from prison (June 5, 2017)
Two members of the Indian Brotherhood gang and a former prison guard received a combined total of 849 months in federal prison for selling methamphetamine.

Native turnout fails to sway closely-watched election in Montana
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Native turnout fails to sway closely-watched election in Montana (May 26, 2017)
Native voters favored Democrat Rob Quist but that wasn't enough to offset Republican Greg Gianforte's overall win for the state's sole U.S. House seat.

Republican candidate to replace Ryan Zinke charged with assault
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Republican candidate to replace Ryan Zinke charged with assault (May 25, 2017)
Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter as the closely-watched campaign in Montana came to a close.

Brothers from Huichol Tribe murdered as drug war rages in Mexico
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Brothers from Huichol Tribe murdered as drug war rages in Mexico (May 23, 2017)
Miguel Vazquez and Agustin Vazquez were resisting efforts to turn their tribe's homelands into drug farms.

Chairman of Tunica-Biloxi Tribe indicted on embezzlement charge
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Chairman of Tunica-Biloxi Tribe indicted on embezzlement charge (May 15, 2017)
Joey Barbry remains on board as chairman although he has been stripped of his duties as administrator.

Native Sun News Today: Pine Ridge man convicted of teen girl's murder
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Native Sun News Today: Pine Ridge man convicted of teen girl's murder (May 11, 2017)
What began as a night of underage drinking with liquor, allegedly purchased from a bootlegger in a plastic water bottle in east Pine Ridge, ended with one girl shot and bleeding.

President Trump fires director of Federal Bureau of Investigation
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President Trump fires director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (May 10, 2017)
James Comey visited several reservations during his tenure and linked high rates of violent crime to complex jurisdictional issues in Indian Country.

Chippewa Cree Tribe set to recover $2.5M from online lending firm
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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.

Prosecutors announce charges against 15 for trafficking of eagles
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Prosecutors announce charges against 15 for trafficking of eagles (May 2, 2017)
Operation Dakota Flyer was a two-year, undercover investigation that could lead to even more charges.

Fort Peck woman faces life sentence for death of 13-month-old girl
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Fort Peck woman faces life sentence for death of 13-month-old girl (May 1, 2017)
Janelle Red Dog is pleading guilty to second-degree murder in an incident blamed on drug abuse.

Third suspect sought in connection with murder of elderly Native man
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Third suspect sought in connection with murder of elderly Native man (April 24, 2017)
The brutal beating of 66-year-old Irvin Sanchez in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is reminiscent of the deaths of two Navajo men.

Navajo Nation citizen faces death penalty for murder of tribal officer
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Navajo Nation citizen faces death penalty for murder of tribal officer (April 21, 2017)
Historically, the tribe has opposed capital punishment but views have changed in recent years in response to certain cases.

North Carolina woman sentenced for kidnapping Cherokee children
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North Carolina woman sentenced for kidnapping Cherokee children (April 20, 2017)
The three children were found safe in Mexico in June 2016 after being kidnapped in November 2014.

More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country
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More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country (April 19, 2017)
Of the four federal agencies that investigate or prosecute human trafficking, three aren't required to confirm whether a victim is Native American.

Fort Peck Tribes finally gain access to federal criminal databases
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Fort Peck Tribes finally gain access to federal criminal databases (April 19, 2017)
Law enforcement on the reservation in Montana believe the information will help them address drug trafficking and other crimes.

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