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Wild ride continues as Supreme Court agrees to hear another treaty case
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Wild ride continues as Supreme Court agrees to hear another treaty case (June 28, 2018)

Indian Country is preparing for another busy season at the Supreme Court amid a political firestorm.

U.S. Attorney: Substance abuse on the rise in Indian Country
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U.S. Attorney: Substance abuse on the rise in Indian Country (June 27, 2018)

Tribal communities have been hit particularly hard by drugs, including opioids and methamphetamine.

'I only want my daughter': Migrant mother separated from 12-year-old girl
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'I only want my daughter': Migrant mother separated from 12-year-old girl (June 27, 2018)

A Guatemalan woman who was separated from her daughter after they crossed the border is suing the federal government to get her child back.

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.

Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close
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Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close (June 25, 2018)

The nation's highest court won't be letting Indian Country rest over the summer.

'Attacking our children': Activists denounce separation of families at border
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'Attacking our children': Activists denounce separation of families at border (June 13, 2018)

A new group called Free the Children Coalition is denouncing the Trump administration's harsh immigration policies.

Trump will 'probably end up supporting' marijuana bill that helps tribes
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Trump will 'probably end up supporting' marijuana bill that helps tribes (June 12, 2018)

President Donald Trump is expressing support for a bipartisan bill that recognizes tribal and state sovereignty over marijuana.

Trump Administration: Domestic abuse or gang violence no longer grounds for asylum
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Trump Administration: Domestic abuse or gang violence no longer grounds for asylum (June 12, 2018)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said immigrant victims of gang violence or domestic abuse will no longer be able to claim asylum in the United States.

Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case
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Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case (June 11, 2018)

A closely-watched treaty rights case has resulted in victory for tribes but the nation's highest court was so divided that it was unable to reach a decision.

Yakama Nation celebrates treaty whose provisions are questioned by Trump
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Yakama Nation celebrates treaty whose provisions are questioned by Trump (June 7, 2018)

The Yakama Nation is commemorating the 163rd anniversary of its treaty amid doubts raised by the Trump administration.

Trump administration backs Crow hunter in tribal treaty rights case
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Trump administration backs Crow hunter in tribal treaty rights case (May 24, 2018)

The Trump administration has come through for a Crow citizen in a treaty rights dispute. Will it sway the nation's highest court?

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.

Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case
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Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case (May 21, 2018)

In a rare win for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has sided with tribal interests in a closely-watched sovereign immunity case.

Trump administration goes against tribal interests in treaty case
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Trump administration goes against tribal interests in treaty case (May 16, 2018)

After seven months, the Trump administration has finally provided its views in a closely-watched treaty rights case and it's not looking good for Indian Country.

Navajo Nation joins parade of tribal lawsuits targeting opioid industry
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Navajo Nation joins parade of tribal lawsuits targeting opioid industry (April 11, 2018)

What started off as a single lawsuit has turned into a full-blown movement in Indian Country against the opioid industry.

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.

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.

Gas pipeline stays in place on Indian land despite court decision
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Gas pipeline stays in place on Indian land despite court decision (March 29, 2018)

A natural gas pipeline continues to operate illegally on Indian land in Oklahoma, a year after a federal judge ordered it to be removed.

Albert Bender: Too many Native Americans are already in prison
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Albert Bender: Too many Native Americans are already in prison (March 28, 2018)

Native Americans are incarcerated at a rate of 38 percent higher than the national average.

Keepseagle checks finally coming to Indian farmers and ranchers
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Keepseagle checks finally coming to Indian farmers and ranchers (March 26, 2018)

It's official -- the long-running legal fight over the remaining funds in the $760 million Keepseagle settlement is finally over.

Trump administration blames tribes for delay in new Dakota Access study
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Trump administration blames tribes for delay in new Dakota Access study (March 21, 2018)

The Trump administration is blaming tribes as it delays a highly-anticipated study of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Supreme Court hears second Indian law case during a busy term
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Supreme Court hears second Indian law case during a busy term (March 21, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in its second Indian law case of what has turned out to be an unusually busy term.

Fate of Keepseagle settlement funds in hands of Supreme Court
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Fate of Keepseagle settlement funds in hands of Supreme Court (March 19, 2018)

The fate of $380 million in leftover funds from the Keepseagle settlement is in the hands of the nation's highest court.

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe joins marijuana industry with new store
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Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe joins marijuana industry with new store (March 6, 2018)

The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe is joining the marijuana industry with the opening of High Point in Washington.

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.

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.

Choctaw citizen leads Native committee at Department of Justice
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Choctaw citizen leads Native committee at Department of Justice (February 8, 2018)

R. Trent Shores, a Choctaw Nation citizen who serves as a top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma, has taken on a new leadership role within the Trump administration.

National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers for big meeting in D.C.
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National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers for big meeting in D.C. (February 8, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians is finalizing the schedule for its big meeting in Washington, D.C., next week.

Winnebago Tribe slams raid on businesses as attack on sovereignty
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Winnebago Tribe slams raid on businesses as attack on sovereignty (January 31, 2018)

The leader of the Winnebago Tribe is firing back at federal and state officials in Nebraska, a day after federal agents raided the offices of the economic development corporation on the reservation.

Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
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Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 29, 2018)

Tribal leaders with connections to the Bears Ears National Monument are finally getting their say on Capitol Hill amid efforts to erode protections on their ancestral lands.

Expect longer wait for Keepseagle payments as legal dispute drags out
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Expect longer wait for Keepseagle payments as legal dispute drags out (January 23, 2018)

Indian farmers and ranchers who experienced discrimination at the Department of Agriculture will have to wait even longer for resolution of the historic Keepseagle lawsuit.

Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court
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Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court (January 17, 2018)

The opioid epidemic has hit Indian Country hard and tribes are looking for ways to hold drug companies accountable by going to court.

Another tribal treaty rights dispute looms on the Supreme Court's docket
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Another tribal treaty rights dispute looms on the Supreme Court's docket (January 16, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court could soon be delivering another jolt to Indian Country, as another treaty rights case is looming on the horizon.

Treaty tribes stunned as Supreme Court agrees to hear salmon passage case
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Treaty tribes stunned as Supreme Court agrees to hear salmon passage case (January 15, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a new year surprise to Indian Country by agreeing to resolve a treaty rights dispute.

Keepseagle payments delayed as opponents take case to Supreme Court
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Keepseagle payments delayed as opponents take case to Supreme Court (January 10, 2018)

Indian farmers and ranchers are on pins and needles as they wait for another round of payments from the historic yet mangled Keepseagle lawsuit.

Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country
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Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country (December 18, 2017)

The Department of Justice isn't doing enough to improve public safety in Indian Country, seven years after the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act.

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.