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Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma
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Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma (December 12, 2017)
A ceremonial swearing-in is taking place for R. Trent Shores, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation who serves as the U.S. Attorney for Northern Oklahoma.

Senate committee approves bill to fund victim services programs in Indian Country
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Senate committee approves bill to fund victim services programs in Indian Country (December 7, 2017)
A bill to provide victim services funding directly to tribes for the first time is making its way through Congress.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court grapples with case of cake and same-sex couple
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Cronkite News: Supreme Court grapples with case of cake and same-sex couple (December 6, 2017)
Supreme Court justices wrestled with the line between art and commerce in the case of a Colorado baker who said making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple would violate his First Amendment rights.

Indian Country public safety bills advance amid silence from Trump administration
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Indian Country public safety bills advance amid silence from Trump administration (December 5, 2017)
Thanks to bipartisan support from lawmakers, bills to improve public safety in Indian Country are advancing in Congress despite limited commitments from the Trump administration.

Agua Caliente Band clears big hurdle in battle to protect groundwater in California
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Agua Caliente Band clears big hurdle in battle to protect groundwater in California (November 27, 2017)
In a big win for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the nation's highest court has rejected a challenge to the tribe's historic water rights ruling.

Agency that targets tribal lenders faces leadership test as rivals claim control
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Agency that targets tribal lenders faces leadership test as rivals claim control (November 27, 2017)
A leadership struggle is emerging at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the independent federal agency that has targeted tribal lenders.

Navajo Nation gains access to national criminal data with Obama-era program
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Navajo Nation gains access to national criminal data with Obama-era program (November 21, 2017)
The Navajo Nation has joined the small but growing list of tribes with access to national criminal databases.

Bad River Band demands federal investigation into fatal shooting of 14-year-old boy
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Bad River Band demands federal investigation into fatal shooting of 14-year-old boy (November 17, 2017)
The Bad River Band is demanding a federal investigation after a police officer shot and killed Jason Pero, a 14-year-old tribal citizen, on the reservation.

Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case
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Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case (November 9, 2017)
A closely-watched reservation boundary case could be headed to the nation's highest court, setting up a clash between tribes, states and the Trump administration.

Trump administration won't pursue charges in fatal shooting of Navajo citizen
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Trump administration won't pursue charges in fatal shooting of Navajo citizen (October 31, 2017)
The Navajo Nation is weighing legal options after the Trump administration declined to file charges against a police officer who shot and killed a tribal citizen.

Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice
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Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice (October 26, 2017)
The last time the Department of Justice went before Congress to discuss Indian issues, the affair didn't go so well.

Trump administration sues Guam over land trust program for indigenous residents
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Trump administration sues Guam over land trust program for indigenous residents (October 25, 2017)
The Trump administration is suing the government of Guam, a U.S. territory, over a land trust program that is meant to benefit the indigenous residents of the island.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on public safety measures
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Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on public safety measures (October 24, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on public safety with bills to address victim services, human trafficking and missing and murdered women.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures (October 19, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is moving quickly on legislation to address pressing public safety and justice issues in tribal communities.

Judge deals tribes major setback with decision in Dakota Access Pipeline case
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Judge deals tribes major setback with decision in Dakota Access Pipeline case (October 11, 2017)
Oil will continue to flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline despite 'deficiencies' in the Trump administration's handling of the controversial project.

Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women
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Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women (October 5, 2017)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is seeking to bring justice to missing and murdered Native women with a new bill named in honor of a citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally killed.

Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism
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Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism (October 3, 2017)
The Trump administration announced another round of Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism on Capitol Hill about its commitments to the first Americans.

Trump administration offers harsh view on $680 million Keepseagle settlement
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Trump administration offers harsh view on $680 million Keepseagle settlement (October 2, 2017)
A federal appeals court won't rehear a challenge to the remaining funds in the $680 million Keepseagle settlement even as the Trump administration characterized it as a bad deal.

Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
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Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.

North Dakota accepts $15M from wealthy backers of Dakota Access Pipeline
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North Dakota accepts $15M from wealthy backers of Dakota Access Pipeline (September 29, 2017)
The state of North Dakota has accepted a $15 million 'donation' to cover the costs of its brutal response to the #NoDAPL movement.

Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims
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Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims (September 27, 2017)
The Department of Justice continues to resist calls to collect more data on trafficking of Native Americans despite pressure from advocates for Native women and key members of Congress.

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe announces plan for cannabidiol business in Wisconsin
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St. Croix Chippewa Tribe announces plan for cannabidiol business in Wisconsin (September 27, 2017)
The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe is moving forward with plans for a cannabidiol production and distribution business in Wisconsin.

Yerington Paiute Tribe plans medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation site
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Yerington Paiute Tribe plans medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation site (September 14, 2017)
The Yerington Paiute Tribe is joining the medical marijuana industry after signing a compact with the state of Nevada.

Trump administration defends cake shop in Colorado that won't serve all patrons
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Trump administration defends cake shop in Colorado that won't serve all patrons (September 8, 2017)
The Trump administration is siding with a business in Colorado that won't serve all patrons based on the owner's religious beliefs.

Cronkite News: President Trump ends program for children of undocumented immigrants
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Cronkite News: President Trump ends program for children of undocumented immigrants (September 5, 2017)
The Trump administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for children of undocumented immigrants.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe celebrates completion of rural water supply system
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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe celebrates completion of rural water supply system (August 22, 2017)
The $29.2 million Standing Rock Rural Water Supply System will serve about 10,000 people on the reservation.

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

North Dakota secures $10 million in federal funds to pay for #NoDAPL response
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North Dakota secures $10 million in federal funds to pay for #NoDAPL response (August 15, 2017)
The state of North Dakota has secured a $10 million in federal funds to pay for its often brutal response to the #NoDAPL movement.

President Trump offers late rebuke to 'White supremacists' as industry leaders quit council
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President Trump offers late rebuke to 'White supremacists' as industry leaders quit council (August 15, 2017)
President Donald Trump offered a late rebuke of the 'KKK, neo-Nazis, White supremacists and other hate groups' in an attempt to address controversy over his handling of a racial violence in Virginia.

Trump administration abandons tribes in battle over boundaries of reservation in Wyoming
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Trump administration abandons tribes in battle over boundaries of reservation in Wyoming (August 14, 2017)
The Trump administration has abandoned two tribes as they seek to protect their homelands in Wyoming from an attack by the state government.

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.

Two tribes enter into first marijuana compacts under new state law in Nevada
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Two tribes enter into first marijuana compacts under new state law in Nevada (August 3, 2017)
Nevada tribes, sensing big economic opportunities, are getting into the marijuana industry by following a successful model from a nearby state.

Department of Justice denies change in policy with affirmative action probe
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Department of Justice denies change in policy with affirmative action probe (August 3, 2017)
The Department of Justice is refuting news reports about potential changes in its treatment of affirmative action admissions policies.

Sen. Heitkamp defends law enforcement's response to #NoDAPL movement
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Sen. Heitkamp defends law enforcement's response to #NoDAPL movement (August 2, 2017)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is known as an outspoken advocate for Indian Country's most vulnerable, particularly youth, but her efforts don't extend to the #NoDAPL movement.

Agua Caliente Band water case draws attention in Supreme Court appeal
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Agua Caliente Band water case draws attention in Supreme Court appeal (August 1, 2017)
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians secured a huge victory in its water rights case earlier this year but the nation's highest court could overturn the ruling.

First Nations are getting into the marijuana game amid uncertainty in U.S.
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First Nations are getting into the marijuana game amid uncertainty in U.S. (August 1, 2017)
While only a handful of tribes in the United States have successfully entered the marijuana industry, the picture looks a lot different just across the border.

North Dakota tribal organization passes on #NoDAPL foe with endorsement
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North Dakota tribal organization passes on #NoDAPL foe with endorsement (July 28, 2017)
Despite tribal complaints, Drew Wrigley, who called Dakota Access Pipeline opponents 'unlawful,' appears poised to secure the top federal prosecutor's spot in North Dakota.

Trump administration officially rescinds pro-treaty rights legal opinion
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Trump administration officially rescinds pro-treaty rights legal opinion (July 18, 2017)
The Trump administration has quietly killed a legal opinion that tribes were using to fight the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Native activists concede loss in dispute over NFL team's racist trademarks
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Native activists concede loss in dispute over NFL team's racist trademarks (June 30, 2017)
A group of young Native activists, led by Navajo citizen Amanda Blackhorse, agree their landmark case is over.

Fort Peck Tribes demand investigation into treatment at public schools
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Fort Peck Tribes demand investigation into treatment at public schools (June 29, 2017)
The Fort Peck Tribes are asking the Trump administration to investigate discrimination and racism at public schools on their reservation in Montana.

Trump administration gives up in NFL team's racist trademark dispute
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Trump administration gives up in NFL team's racist trademark dispute (June 29, 2017)
The legal battle over the Washington NFL team's racist trademarks is essentially over.

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.

Marijuana firm promises big investments with help of ex-Seminole leader
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Marijuana firm promises big investments with help of ex-Seminole leader (June 23, 2017)
Electrum Partners hopes to invest up to $300 million in marijuana deals with tribes in the next three years.

Former chairman of Seminole Tribe launches marijuana venture
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Former chairman of Seminole Tribe launches marijuana venture (June 7, 2017)
'It will be bigger than bingo,' Jim Billie said of the marijuana industry in Indian Country.

Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills
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Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills (June 6, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is holding its first legislative hearing of the year but the witness list isn't quite there yet.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis consultant found not guilty
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Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis consultant found not guilty (May 25, 2017)
Despite the setback, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, a Republican, defended his decision to assert jurisdiction over activities that occurred on the reservation.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports first jury conviction of non-Indian offender
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Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports first jury conviction of non-Indian offender (May 24, 2017)
A non-Indian man awaits sentencing for an incident involving his wife, a tribal citizen.

Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response
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Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response (May 19, 2017)
A $15 million appropriation funds a program that is open to states, but not tribal governments.

Mary Annette Pember: Program helps Native victims of trafficking
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Mary Annette Pember: Program helps Native victims of trafficking (May 10, 2017)
Seattle Indian Center’s new Project Beacon is a three-year program serving Native victims of commercial sex exploitation and sex trafficking.

Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding
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Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding (May 8, 2017)
President Donald Trump may not have been able to convince Congress to support his funding priorities but he's striking back in his own way.

Funding bill directs Department of Justice to 'support' commission on Native youth
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Funding bill directs Department of Justice to 'support' commission on Native youth (May 3, 2017)
The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children is slowly getting off the ground.

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.

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.

Attorney General Sessions vows help for public safety in Indian Country
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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.

Six more tribes are pursuing marijuana agreements in Washington
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Six more tribes are pursuing marijuana agreements in Washington (April 7, 2017)
Four tribes have already entered into marijuana compacts with the state and more are on the way.

Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case
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Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case (April 3, 2017)
After waiting more than 160 years and surviving numerous challenges, the Cowlitz Tribe has a permanent homeland in Washington state.

Native Sun News Today: Trump prosecutor purge fails to affect South Dakota
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Native Sun News Today: Trump prosecutor purge fails to affect South Dakota (March 28, 2017)
The new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly ousted 46 remaining U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama.

Hopland Band submits claim for county raid of marijuana operation
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Hopland Band submits claim for county raid of marijuana operation (March 22, 2017)
The tribe is seeking more than $25,000 after county authorities destroyed 847 marijuana plants.

Court allows claim for alleged underpayment from Cobell settlement
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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.

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