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Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisisFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisis (April 20, 2017)
The tribe is suing the largest drug companies and drug stores in the United States in tribal court.
Native Sun News Today: South Dakota continues to punish drug addictionFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Native Sun News Today: South Dakota continues to punish drug addiction (April 3, 2017)
The arrest of drug offenders appears to be skyrocketing.
André Cramblit: It's time to provide hope to our new generationsFiled Under: Opinion
André Cramblit: It's time to provide hope to our new generations (March 20, 2017)
Reservations are riddled with drugs and other social problems that lead to an overall sense of hopelessness.
Allakaket Tribe banishes four people suspected of dealing methFiled Under: Law | National
Allakaket Tribe banishes four people suspected of dealing meth (February 28, 2017)
Four men -- two tribal citizens and two non-citizens -- were flown out of the village in Alaska on the tribe's dime.
Border patrol agents seize 'dreamcatchers' filled with liquid methFiled Under: Law
Border patrol agents seize 'dreamcatchers' filled with liquid meth (December 20, 2016)
A woman was allegedly trying to bring the items into the United States from Mexico.
Lakota Country Times: Arrests made in three fatal Pine Ridge shootingsFiled Under: Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Arrests made in three fatal Pine Ridge shootings (December 8, 2016)
Multiple arrests have been made in connection with the shooting deaths of three Oglala Lakota citizens who were gunned down in separate crimes.
Lakota Country Times: Laced marijuana finds its way to Pine RidgeFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Laced marijuana finds its way to Pine Ridge (December 2, 2016)
On the Pine Ridge Reservation more and more tribal citizens are coming up ill after unknowingly smoking marijuana that has been laced with other drugs.
Brandon Ecoffey: Strong fixes needed for reservation crimeFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Strong fixes needed for reservation crime (October 26, 2016)
Our people deserve to feel safe in their everyday activities.
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe promises more police after string of fatal shootingsFiled Under: Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe promises more police after string of fatal shootings (October 26, 2016)
Three tribal citizens have been murdered in the last three months and a 13-year-old girl was killed in July.
Cronkite News: Fighting the opioid epidemic in Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | National
Cronkite News: Fighting the opioid epidemic in Indian Country (October 25, 2016)
A crowded session at the National Congress of American Indians annual convention focused on opioid addiction.
Lakota Country Times: Shooting pushes community on Pine Ridge Reservation into actionFiled Under: Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Shooting pushes community on Pine Ridge Reservation into action (October 25, 2016)
Multiple unknown gunmen ambushed Vinny Brewer III outside of the SuAnne Big Crow Youth Development Center just east of Pine Ridge village.
Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths on Pine Ridge ReservationFiled Under: Law | National
Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths on Pine Ridge Reservation (October 24, 2016)
Chunta Suta Win 'Annie' Colhoff-Poor Bear and Vincent Von Brewer III were killed in separate incidents that some have linked to drug trafficking.
James Giago Davies: Drugs and crime overrun our reservationsFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Drugs and crime overrun our reservations (October 21, 2016)
Not content with just getting drunk or baked, people on our reservations now prefer to get wired, because any high is better than the reservation reality they want to escape.
Native Sun News Today: The battle against meth in South DakotaFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News Today: The battle against meth in South Dakota (October 18, 2016)
The two largest cities in South Dakota are making their stand against methamphetamine.
Vi Waln: Prescription pills are destroying lives in Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Vi Waln: Prescription pills are destroying lives in Indian Country (October 4, 2016)
Our children deserve to grow up in homes with adults who are sober and have clear minds.
Opinion: New Mexico tribes join fight against opioid epidemicFiled Under: Health | Law | Opinion
Opinion: New Mexico tribes join fight against opioid epidemic (September 21, 2016)
'It doesn’t matter where you live – East Liverpool or Washington D.C., in rural or urban America or Indian country – nearly everyone has been touched by this national epidemic.'
White Mountain Apache Tribe helps bust big marijuana operationFiled Under: Law
White Mountain Apache Tribe helps bust big marijuana operation (August 31, 2016)
Over 2,400 plants were seized on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona after a tribal member reported being confronted by armed men.
Native village of Kwinhagak reels from fatal overdose of 19-year-old girlFiled Under: Health | National
Native village of Kwinhagak reels from fatal overdose of 19-year-old girl (August 19, 2016)
Jamie Roberts was pronounced dead after health aides tried to resuscitate her for more than two hours.
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana caseFiled Under: Education | Law | National | Politics
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana case (August 5, 2016)
Amid widespread attention, federal prosecutors are planning to drop their case against Devontre Thomas, 19.
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes hit with marijuana chargeFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes hit with marijuana charge (August 4, 2016)
A year-old incident at Chemawa Indian School in Oregon led to a single charge against Devontre Thomas, 19, who graduated in May.
Charles Kader: Author fails in attempted 'Takedown' of Mohawk peopleFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Opinion
Charles Kader: Author fails in attempted 'Takedown' of Mohawk people (August 4, 2016)
In counting how many instances of speculation passed off as fact that I could track, the list kept growing.
Eastern Cherokees toughen drug laws and keep eye on treatmentFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Eastern Cherokees toughen drug laws and keep eye on treatment (August 3, 2016)
The North Carolina tribe is imposing fines on Indians and non-Indians who bring drugs into the community and is building a new treatment center.
Janine Pease: Our Indian children in Montana continue to fall behindFiled Under: Education | Health | Opinion
Janine Pease: Our Indian children in Montana continue to fall behind (August 1, 2016)
The Kids Count Data Book helps us understand our families’ status and improve our children’s life opportunities for their strong and healthy futures.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe declares emergency over opioidsFiled Under: Health | National
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe declares emergency over opioids (July 22, 2016)
At least 11 people -- all under of the age of 35 -- died after overdosing on opioids and two more deaths have been linked to drugs.
Review: Hard look at drugs in Indian Country in 'Seventh Fire'Filed Under: Arts & Entertainment | National
Review: Hard look at drugs in Indian Country in 'Seventh Fire' (July 22, 2016)
The documentary focuses on drugs on the White Earth Nation in Minnesota.
Ivan Star Comes Out: Alcohol and drug abuse hinder our peopleFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Alcohol and drug abuse hinder our people (July 15, 2016)
Why do Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) descendants consume alcohol and drugs to excess? Is it because everybody else does it?
Mary Smith: Indian Health Service takes action to stop opioid abuseFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Mary Smith: Indian Health Service takes action to stop opioid abuse (July 7, 2016)
IHS data indicate that the rate of drug-related deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives has increased dramatically in recent decades.
Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice bill (July 6, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a bill that could strengthen the ability of tribal courts to hold offenders accountable.
Indian Health Service adopts policy for prescription drug monitoringFiled Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service adopts policy for prescription drug monitoring (July 6, 2016)
The agency will check state-run prescription drug monitoring programs before prescribing or dispensing any opioid for more than seven days.
Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill (June 22, 2016)
Only a handful of tribes have entered the marijuana industry but Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) wants to punish them by cutting off their federal funds.
Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and menFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men (June 14, 2016)
A new report from the Department of Justice makes the case for expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.
Mary Annette Pember: Rosebud Sioux Tribe battles meth epidemicFiled Under: Law | National
Mary Annette Pember: Rosebud Sioux Tribe battles meth epidemic (June 13, 2016)
Despite the Rosebud Sioux tribe’s’ best efforts to offer meth specific treatment programs both inside jail and out, addicts have a high relapse rate.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation fights opioid abuse in OklahomaFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation fights opioid abuse in Oklahoma (June 13, 2016)
We have a crisis in Oklahoma and throughout Indian Country, and we must raise awareness of the issue.
Federal Bureau of Investigation director visits North Dakota tribeFiled Under: Law | National
Federal Bureau of Investigation director visits North Dakota tribe (June 7, 2016)
Chairman Mark Fox of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation said drugs and crime are rampant on his reservation.
Harold Monteau: Saving our future generations from scourge of suicideFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Harold Monteau: Saving our future generations from scourge of suicide (June 6, 2016)
What we need now in Indian Country and our communities, both rural and urban, are strategies.
Editorial: Meth and alcohol abuse are destroying our way of lifeFiled Under: Opinion
Editorial: Meth and alcohol abuse are destroying our way of life (June 2, 2016)
It is a major form of hypocrisy for we, as Indian people, to preach about the Wakanyeja and about how precious they are to us and then turn our backs on the horrible things that meth and alcohol are doing to them.
Native Sun News: Mothers addicted to meth share their struggleFiled Under: Health | National
Native Sun News: Mothers addicted to meth share their struggle (June 1, 2016)
When a mother becomes addicted to meth, the ones who suffer the most are their children and those family members who must endure the physical, emotional and financial violence associated with meth addiction.
Mary Annette Pember: Rosebud Sioux Tribe battles meth epidemicFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Mary Annette Pember: Rosebud Sioux Tribe battles meth epidemic (May 31, 2016)
At least 60 percent of the population on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation uses methamphetamine, according to a law enforcement official.
Gyasi Ross: Drug epidemic sweeping through Native communitiesFiled Under: Opinion
Gyasi Ross: Drug epidemic sweeping through Native communities (May 26, 2016)
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health the percentage of Native Americans reporting current use of prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes is higher than that for any other racial group.
Ivan Star Comes Out: Ending Whiteclay beer sales starts at homeFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Ending Whiteclay beer sales starts at home (May 26, 2016)
Although alcohol is illegal on our homeland, laws are minimal and punishment is lackadaisical.
Fort Peck Tribes in 'crisis mode' over drugs and sex traffickingFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Fort Peck Tribes in 'crisis mode' over drugs and sex trafficking (May 18, 2016)
Chairman Floyd Azure said women and girls on the Montana reservation are selling themselves for drugs.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issuesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues (May 17, 2016)
Two landmark tribal justice laws have made a significant impact in Indian Country in the last six years and key members of Congress are looking to build on those gains.
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on three billsFiled Under: Politics
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on three bills (May 16, 2016)
The committee will take testimony on bills to expand tribal jurisdiction, reauthorize the Tribal Law and Order Act and address leasing issues for a New Mexico tribe.
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe gathers for big meetingFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe gathers for big meeting (May 10, 2016)
A large number of Northern Cheyenne tribal citizens gathered at the Muddy District Hall on the reservation to discuss concerns related to actions of the tribal government.
Clara Caufield: Living in a state of emergency on my reservationFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: Living in a state of emergency on my reservation (May 2, 2016)
The reservation has gone from being undermanned by Bureau of Indian Affairs officers to being swarmed by law enforcement officers of all persuasions
Santee Sioux Tribe hosts task force to address substance abuseFiled Under: Law | National
Santee Sioux Tribe hosts task force to address substance abuse (April 28, 2016)
The North American Inter-Tribal Drug Task Force brings tribal, federal, state and local officials together to address substance abuse issues.
Chippewa Cree Tribe and FBI investigate theft of drugs at clinicFiled Under: Health | Law
Chippewa Cree Tribe and FBI investigate theft of drugs at clinic (April 27, 2016)
Surveillance footage shows two people who stole medications that could be dangerous and even deadly if consumed.
Leader of Fort Peck Tribes blames baby's death on drug abuseFiled Under: Law | National
Leader of Fort Peck Tribes blames baby's death on drug abuse (April 27, 2016)
Chairman Floyd Azure is promising to take more action to address drug abuse in the wake of Kenzley Olson's death.
Vi Waln: Alcohol and drugs bring pain and suffering to our childrenFiled Under: Opinion
Vi Waln: Alcohol and drugs bring pain and suffering to our children (April 26, 2016)
Our children deserve to grow up in a sober home with parents who are supportive and loving.
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe overreacts to drug crisisFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe overreacts to drug crisis (April 25, 2016)
While many responsible citizens welcome the advent of new laws, others believe they are punishing the greater number of law-abiding Cheyenne tribal members for the extreme actions of a few.
Self-proclaimed 'Native' church defends drug use and sex healingFiled Under: Law | National
Self-proclaimed 'Native' church defends drug use and sex healing (April 20, 2016)
The group claims marijuana as a sacrament and has become affiliated with an Arizona woman who was recently found guilty of prostitution.
Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offendersFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders (April 14, 2016)
The Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act recognizes the 'inherent authority' of tribes to arrest and prosecute any person for drug related crimes, domestic violence against children and crimes committed against tribal law enforcement officers.
Ruth Hopkins: Why I resigned my judgeship on Spirit Lake NationFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Why I resigned my judgeship on Spirit Lake Nation (April 14, 2016)
Strangers I do not know who have never spoken to me before decided to use my good name to viciously attack one of our own.
Togiak Tribe banishes two brothers for alleged drug traffickingFiled Under: Law
Togiak Tribe banishes two brothers for alleged drug trafficking (April 12, 2016)
The tribe sent letters to local air carriers, urging them not to allow the men to travel to the the village.
Brandon Ecoffey: Indian Country struggles with meth epidemicFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Indian Country struggles with meth epidemic (April 11, 2016)
Alcohol and Drugs have been part of the Pine Ridge Reservation for decades but the actions that our people are committing while on the drug are far more brazen and violent than what they used to be before the arrival of meth.
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe rallies against methFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe rallies against meth (April 11, 2016)
Hundreds of people, including tribal leaders, tribal employees, community members and many students turned out to walk in Lame Deer as a means of protesting drug problems on the Northern Cheyenne reservation.
Self-proclaimed 'Native' church loses decision on marijuana useFiled Under: Law
Self-proclaimed 'Native' church loses decision on marijuana use (April 7, 2016)
The controversial Oklevueha Native American Church claims marijuana as a sacrament in addition to peyote.
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe faces difficult problemsFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe faces difficult problems (April 6, 2016)
Another good friend, Steve Small Sr. perhaps summed it up best: 'We’ve been in a state of emergency ever since Custer got here.'
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe declares emergencyFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe declares emergency (April 1, 2016)
Following a weekend of violent events on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, including a drug-related 'shoot-out' resulting in wounded by-standers, Tribal President Llevando “Cowboy” Fisher issued a 'Declaration of State of Emergency.'
Native Sun News: Mothers against meth host rally at Pine RidgeFiled Under: National
Native Sun News: Mothers against meth host rally at Pine Ridge (March 31, 2016)
The light freezing rain didn’t deter the 30-plus walkers and riders from participating in the Mothers Against Meth Alliance (M.A.M.A.) Walk & Rally on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

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