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Bad River Band declares 'emergency' to address substance abuse on reservation
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Bad River Band declares 'emergency' to address substance abuse on reservation (November 8, 2017)
According to Chairperson Robert Blanchard, the Bad River Band has seen a rise in opioid, heroin and methamphetamine addiction.

Menominee Nation hosts 'safe' trick-or-treating event after disturbing incident
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Menominee Nation hosts 'safe' trick-or-treating event after disturbing incident (October 31, 2017)
The Menominee Nation is hosting a new trick-or-treating event after tribal police discovered a suspicious substance in a child's candy bag.

YES! Magazine: Nation shifts to compassion in dealing with opioid drug epidemic
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YES! Magazine: Nation shifts to compassion in dealing with opioid drug epidemic (October 30, 2017)
Communities are scrambling to save lives and get people into rehabilitation, but it wasn’t always that way.

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.

Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system
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Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system (August 10, 2017)
The Cherokee Nation is ready to proceed with a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, the tribe's top legal official said.

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.

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.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation battles opioid epidemic among our people
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Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation battles opioid epidemic among our people (August 2, 2017)
The opioid epidemic is ripping apart families, straining our tribal resources and wreaking havoc across the Cherokee Nation.

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.

Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma
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Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma (July 25, 2017)
The Cherokee Nation is defending its right to pursue drug companies and drug stores for flooding its homeland with prescription opioids.

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.

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.

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.

Blood Tribe cites drug crisis in requiring permits for non-citizens
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Blood Tribe cites drug crisis in requiring permits for non-citizens (May 16, 2017)
Non-citizens must pay fees when visiting, working or residing on the reserve in Alberta, Canada.

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.

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.

Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisis
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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 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.

André Cramblit: It's time to provide hope to our new generations
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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 meth
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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 meth
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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 shootings
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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 Ridge
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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 crime
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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 shootings
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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 Country
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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 action
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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 Reservation
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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 reservations
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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 Dakota
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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 Country
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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 epidemic
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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 operation
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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 girl
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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 case
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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 charge
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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 people
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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 treatment
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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 behind
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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 opioids
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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'
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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 people
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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 abuse
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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 bill
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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 monitoring
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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 bill
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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 men
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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 epidemic
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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 Oklahoma
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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 tribe
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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 suicide
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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 life
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 struggle
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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 epidemic
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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 communities
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 home
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 trafficking
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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 issues
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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 bills
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.

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