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Navajo Nation citizen Carol Surveyor announces run for Congress in Utah
National | Politics
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
Law | National
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
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.

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
Law | Politics
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
Environment | Law | National
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
Law | National
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
Canada | Law
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
Politics
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
Law
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
Law | Politics
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
Law
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
Law
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
Law
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
National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
Law | World
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
Law | Politics
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
Law | National | Politics
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
Business | Law
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
Environment | Law | National
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
Law
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
Law | National
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
Law
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
Law | World
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
Law | National | Politics
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.

Cronkite News: Attorney General Sessions links sanctuary cities to gangs
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Cronkite News: Attorney General Sessions links sanctuary cities to gangs (April 19, 2017)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeated criticisms of sanctuary cities, calling them a threat to U.S. safety that “dangerously undermine” efforts to stop transnational criminal gangs.

Secretary Zinke committed to addressing 'heart-breaking' crimes against Native women and girls
Law | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke committed to addressing 'heart-breaking' crimes against Native women and girls (April 18, 2017)
The Department of the Interior is part of a new law enforcement group aimed at increasing collaboration and coordination in Indian Country.

Attorney General Sessions vows help for public safety in Indian Country
Law | National | Politics
Attorney General Sessions vows help for public safety in Indian Country (April 18, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of Justice is heeding calls to pay more attention to high rates of crime in Indian Country.

Book Review: Osage murders explored in 'Killers of Flower Moon'
Arts & Entertainment
Book Review: Osage murders explored in 'Killers of Flower Moon' (April 13, 2017)
'Killers of the Flower Moon' details the murders of dozens -- if not hundreds -- of Osage Nation citizens who were targeted because of their oil royalty payments.

Native Sun News Today: Rise in violent crime seen on Pine Ridge Reservation
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Native Sun News Today: Rise in violent crime seen on Pine Ridge Reservation (April 13, 2017)
More gun violence erupted over the weekend on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation just days after tribal, state and federal officers met to talk about combining efforts to curb gun violence on the reservation.

Karl Jageris: Working together to address the crisis at Pine Ridge
Law | Opinion
Karl Jageris: Working together to address the crisis at Pine Ridge (April 12, 2017)
The reality is that the Pine Ridge Reservation and Rapid City aren’t separate communities anymore.

Ex-leader of Cedarville Rancheria sentenced to death for crimes
Law | National
Ex-leader of Cedarville Rancheria sentenced to death for crimes (April 11, 2017)
Cherie Louise Rhoades was convicted of murdering four people, including her brother and niece, at the tribal offices in northern California.

Terese Mailhot: No justice for our missing and murdered sisters
Canada | Law | Opinion
Terese Mailhot: No justice for our missing and murdered sisters (April 10, 2017)
News of a man who allegedly dismembered a Native woman out in bail has horrified Indigenous women who live in fear of hearing another murdered and missing woman story.

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.

Red Lake Nation citizen loses attempt to diminish reservation border
Law
Red Lake Nation citizen loses attempt to diminish reservation border (April 4, 2017)
A unanimous decision from a federal appeals court confirms that Congress did not reduce the boundaries of the reservation.

Native Sun News Today: South Dakota continues to punish drug addiction
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Native Sun News Today: South Dakota continues to punish drug addiction (April 3, 2017)
The arrest of drug offenders appears to be skyrocketing.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting
Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (March 29, 2017)
The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills
Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills (March 27, 2017)
Health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes are on the agenda.

Appeals court hears slew of Indian cases amid focus on Supreme Court nominee
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Appeals court hears slew of Indian cases amid focus on Supreme Court nominee (March 23, 2017)
Wednesday was just another busy day for Neil Gorsuch and the federal appeals court where he has served as a judge for a decade.

Indian lawmaker resigns after being charged for child prostitution
Law | Politics
Indian lawmaker resigns after being charged for child prostitution (March 23, 2017)
Ralph Shortey, a citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, had served in the Oklahoma Senate since 2010.

Murder charge filed for fatal shooting of Navajo Nation police officer
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Murder charge filed for fatal shooting of Navajo Nation police officer (March 22, 2017)
Houston James Largo, 27, was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call on the New Mexico portion of the reservation.

Court allows claim for alleged underpayment from Cobell settlement
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Law
Court allows claim for alleged underpayment from Cobell settlement (March 22, 2017)
Sylvan Godfrey received $880 from the historic $3.4 billion deal but he believes he should have received $1,000.

Navajo Nation pays tribute to slain officer with suspect in custody
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Navajo Nation pays tribute to slain officer with suspect in custody (March 17, 2017)
Houston Largo, 27, had only been on the force for five years but was remembered as someone who always went beyond the call of duty.

Authorities investigate after infant remains found on Navajo Nation
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Authorities investigate after infant remains found on Navajo Nation (March 16, 2017)
The remains were found near Ganado, on the Arizona portion of the reservation.

Indian lawmaker charged in child prostitution case in Oklahoma
Law | Politics
Indian lawmaker charged in child prostitution case in Oklahoma (March 16, 2017)
Sen. Ralph Shortey (R), who is Rosebud Sioux, was allegedly found in a motel on March 9 with a 17-year-old male.

Native Sun News Today: Ex-Indian Health Service doctor charged for abuse of minor
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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.

Guilty pleas for murder and assault charges on Crow Reservation
Law
Guilty pleas for murder and assault charges on Crow Reservation (March 8, 2017)
A non-Indian man admitted he shot and killed a Crow couple and shot and wounded the couple's daughter.

Adrian Jawort: Indian families still seeking justice for loved ones
Law | Opinion
Adrian Jawort: Indian families still seeking justice for loved ones (March 6, 2017)
‘Getting away with murder on the rez’ is too common a phrase as seen in Steven Bearcrane-Cole death.

Miami Nation handles reburial of remains stolen from burial site
Environment
Miami Nation handles reburial of remains stolen from burial site (March 3, 2017)
The first criminal enforcement of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in southern Ohio led to indictments against four people.

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.

Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters
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Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters (February 16, 2017)
Advocates are hoping to build on the pro-tribal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.

Osage Nation hails federal complaint in misappropriation case
Business | Law
Osage Nation hails federal complaint in misappropriation case (January 30, 2017)
The Securities and Exchange Commission is going after former advisers who are accused of cheating the tribe out of at least $1 million.

Leonard Peltier remains behind bars as Obama rejects bid for clemency
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Leonard Peltier remains behind bars as Obama rejects bid for clemency (January 19, 2017)
Leonard Peltier, 72, is serving two life sentences after being convicted for the murders of two FBI agents.

Lakota Country Times: Another year of big news in Lakota territory
National
Lakota Country Times: Another year of big news in Lakota territory (January 19, 2017)
Over the course of the last year Lakota Country has witnessed several events of a historical nature that will have a lasting impact.

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